Keith & Kristyn Getty: Hymns for the Christian Life
Style: Celtic-folk worship; compare to Stuart Townend, Fernando Ortega, Sovereign Grace Music
Top tracks: "Simple Living (A Rich Young Man)" w/ Ricky Skaggs, "The Village Reel," "Nothing but the Blood"
Providing "singable theology" for the modern day church with their Celtic-laden hymnody, the singer-songwriter husband-wife team from Ireland releases their first record since moving to Nashville. Utilizing Music City staples to produce (Charlie Peacock, Ed Cash), Hymns exhibits Nashville's standard studio shine while marrying the Gettys' new world hymns with their old world Irish traditions—exemplified beautifully by Moya Brennan's Gaelic contribution on Kristyn's original lullaby, "A Mother's Prayer." The Caribbean backbone of "Kyrie Eleison" is fresh, and the Alison Krauss duet on Getty classic, "In Christ Alone," is sweet. But the Ricky Skaggs mandolin-induced Irish-folk charm of "Simple Living" is absolutely magical.
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