Various Artists

Top 25 Heart Seekers, Vol. 2: Praise Songs

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This follow-up to the first volume of 25 praise songs actually surprises in that it features more imaginative arrangements and productions than its predecessor, even if these songs are somewhat less familiar than the first batch. Two numbers epitomize the vibe here: the intense, distorted guitar, alt-rock cruncher "God of Wonders" and the jumpy, folksy guitar and vocal tune "Let It Be Said of Us," which may remind listeners of Rich Mullins' sound (and is sung by Rich Ochoa). Ochoa also adds his grit to the ballad "Surrender," adding an energy other versions don't have. To recommend one praise & worship CD over another usually requires unique versions and great voices carrying the load, and this is one of Marantha's best.

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