Various Artists

EFY 1998: Joy in the Journey

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There is joy in listening to this compilation dedicated to the hope of a rising generation. A bit behind the swift pace of previous EFY collections, this album touches more on gentle interactions with the spirit of the Lord. Julie de Azevedo's masterful vocals on the title track set the mood while the rest of the songs stay afloat with their own blends of piano, guitar, and gentle lyrics. A few moments breathe life, however. Folk guitarist Peter Breinholt lends the missionary anthem "And We Go." Later, the Brigham Young University Men's Chorus wakes you up with "Song of Truth," a medley of the rousing hymns "Like Ten Thousand Legions Marching," "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel," and "Rejoice! A Glorious Sound Is Heard." The strongest performances belong to Felicia Sorensen on "Keep Me in Motion" and Greg Simpson on "North Star." Simpson wrote the latter while contemplating the constancy of the brightest star in the sky, much like the unshaking strength of the Lord. Even with a couple dry moments, this is a fair indication of the Latter-day Saints music market.

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