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Hymns Review

by AllMusic

In 2005, the Christian-music empire created by Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends was as expansive as ever. On HYMNS, the group gathers to explore its favorite songs of praise and joy, and it's a more somber affair than the companion piece released during the same week, CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD.

HYMNS is drenched in variety, with no one sound dominating. On "A Beautiful Life," the Florida Boys offer harmonies straight out of a barbershop quartet's playbook, while "I'd Rather Be an Old-Time Christian" revels in Carter Family-era folk. The Hayes Family blends 1970s pop with '80s country spirit on the playful "God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds," and Reggie & Ladye Love Smith turn the ear back to a classic choral tune on "He Giveth More Grace." A lonely harmonica graces "Nothing But the Blood," which calls together the whole clan for a quiet story that leads to an inspired reinterpretation of "Wayfaring Stranger." Cynthia Clawson closes the affair on a soft, a cappella note with the sweet "Softly and Tenderly."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Bill Gaither feat: Mike Allen / Ann Downing / Amy Lambert / Squire Parsons 03:25 Amazon
2 Bill Gaither feat: Homecoming Friends 03:37 Amazon
3 Bill Gaither feat: Florida Boys 03:27 Amazon
Bill Gaither feat: Homecoming Friends 02:47 Amazon
5 Bill Gaither feat: Jim Hamill / Gene McDonald / Reggie Smith / Ben Speer 02:38 Amazon
6 Bill Gaither feat: The Bishops 03:33 Amazon
Bill Gaither feat: Hayes Family 02:51 Amazon
Bill Gaither feat: Ladye Love Smith / Reggie Smith 03:32 Amazon
Bill Gaither feat: Homecoming Friends 00:46 Amazon
10 Bill Gaither feat: Homecoming Friends / Buddy Greene 05:47 Amazon
Bill Gaither feat: The Isaacs 04:01 Amazon
Bill Gaither feat: Sarah Delane / Joy Gardner / Tanya Goodman-Sykes / Wesley Pritchard 06:32 Amazon
13 Bill Gaither feat: Larry Ford / Stephen Hill / Lillie Knauls 06:21 Amazon
14 Bill Gaither feat: Joy Gardner / Stephen Hill / Buddy Mullins 04:25 Amazon
15 Bill Gaither feat: Jake Hess / Hovie Lister / Wesley Pritchard / Woody Wright / George Younce 02:46 Amazon
Bill Gaither feat: Ivan Parker 03:15 Amazon
Bill Gaither feat: Terry Blackwood / Lillie Knauls / Calvin Newton 03:36 Amazon
Bill Gaither feat: Gaither Vocal Band 04:28 Amazon
19 Bill Gaither feat: Cynthia Clawson 05:37 Amazon
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