Guest / Limited Access /
City on a Hill: The Gathering
Our Rating
4 Stars - Excellent
Average Rating
(1 user rating) ADD YOURS Help
Release Date
September 23, 2003
Label
Essential Records

Sounds like … similar to previous entries in the acclaimed series-worshipful acoustic pop with alternative touches, featuring Jars of Clay, Sixpence None the Richer, Bebo Norman, and several others

At a glance … though weaker in many ways than the previous efforts, The Gathering still stands as an outstanding album that offers thought-provoking worship and sophisticated acoustic pop sounds

With three albums in as many years, the highly acclaimed and undeniably popular City on a Hill series has left a lasting mark on Christian music, generating one of the most enduring modern worship songs ("God of Wonders") and selling a combined total of more than 700,000 units. With the fourth and final edition, City on a Hill: The Gathering, producer Steve Hindalong has drawn things to a close.

The City on a Hill series is unique in its community-inspired collaborations of worship between prominent Christian musicians. With the exception of Third Day, the long-time participants are back for round four: Jars of Clay, Caedmon's Call, FFH, Sixpence None the Richer, The Choir's Derri Daugherty, and Glassbyrd (which was involved behind the scenes the whole time). The Gathering also features returnees Sara Groves, Bebo Norman, and Paul Colman Trio, plus City on a Hill newcomers Andrew Peterson, Ginny Owens, and acoustic-pop band Silers Bald. Hindalong is again joined by fellow producers Daugherty and Marc Byrd of Glassbyrd.

With all the returning creative forces, The Gathering retains many of the characteristics that made previous efforts so endearing: impressive duets, sophisticated acoustic-pop arrangements, and a reverence for ancient church tradition blended with modern worship. I've always loved how one album seems to inspire ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

Tags:
Browse All Music Reviews By:
Read These NextSee Our Latest
Current IssueDaily Devotion: How Christians Rank 16 Mundane Essentials of Faith
Subscriber Access Only
Daily Devotion: How Christians Rank 16 Mundane Essentials of Faith
A graphical look at Pew's research on the lives of highly religious Americans.
Current IssueIn the Battle Between LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom, Both Can Win
In the Battle Between LGBT Rights and Religious Freedom, Both Can Win
Why we needn’t fear the worst-case scenario.
TrendingNicole Cliffe: How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life
Nicole Cliffe: How God Messed Up My Happy Atheist Life
I had no untapped, unanswered yearnings. All was well in the state of Denmark. And then it wasn’t.
Editor's PickKen Starr Fired? Baylor Reviews Investigation into Football Sex Scandal
Ken Starr Fired? Baylor Reviews Investigation into Football Sex Scandal
America's biggest Baptist university expected to announce changes next week.
Christianity Today
City on a Hill: The Gathering
hide thisAccess The Archives

In the Archives

September 2003

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.