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Simplicity: Piano & Guitar

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Simplicity: Piano & Guitar delivers two-discs' worth of contemporary Christian instrumentals that, as the title implies, are arranged for just piano and guitar. These renditions of traditional hymns and spirituals, such as "Rock of Ages," "Amazing Grace," "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" and "I Surrender All" are certainly more atmospheric than versions of these songs with vocals, but they still have a feeling of reverence. Unlike many contemporary instrumental albums, Simplicity: Piano & Guitar has an appealingly, well, simple production, as opposed to a slick, tinny sound. "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," "Whiter Than the Snow" and "Be Thou My Vision" are some of the other highlights from this collection, which makes for relaxing but spiritual background music; more creatively, it could also work as accompaniment for singers who want to perform these songs.

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