Various Artists

The Passion of the Christ: Original Songs Inspired by the Film

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Unlike the actual soundtrack and the other song collections that were issued as part of the marketing muscle for Mel Gibson's mega-successful Passion of the Christ film, this volume of tunes were allegedly inspired by the cinematic narrative after being commissioned from Icon Productions. As such, this is a mixed bag made up of mostly CCM and contemporary gospel artists. Tracks by Kirk Franklin, Bebe Winans and Lauryn Hill work best, while selections by P.O.D. and MXPX add a wonderfully angular dimension. This is the most awkward volume in the series, however, and it is very uneven.

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