Steven Kapp Perry

Come to the House of the Lord

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This is a shining choral work that is very similar to Perry's popular album From Cumorah's Hill. With most if not all of the same choir members from Cumorah and rich, mature orchestrations by Greg Hansen, the album handles sensitive spiritual material with musical authority. The power and impact of the modern-day temple are the most notable feelings when listening to this disc, as opposed to a calmer work you might expect on this subject. The most fervent insights are presented on "Where Is the Place?" and "Teach a Child/I Love to See the Temple." Meter and rhythm changes complement several song flows instead of chopping them up. While the album stands firmly as a single structure, individual bricks can stand on their own, including the jubilant "Look Up!" and "Neither the Man Without the Woman." Several instrumental interludes offer the listener a chance to ponder the meaning of the previous song before being treated to the next serving of this spiritual feast. Guest vocalists Joel McCausland and Kevin Peay of Afterglow guide the gentle ode "The Hearts of the Children are Turning," and a number of recognizable names also appear on the vocal list: Tammy Simister Robinson, Johanne Frechette Perry, Roger Hoffman, and Greg Hansen. This album fits comfortably in any Sabbath-day CD collection. It is dedicated to Howard W. Hunter, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1994-1995.

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