Sounds like … a conflation of inspirational, world music, choral, and soundtrack pop, at times recalling a more understated version of the work of soundtrack composer Hans Zimmer.

At a glance … striking first-century hymnody and reverent modern-day arrangements render The Odes Project a stirring, one-of-a-kind worship recording.

One of the most novel worship recordings this year happens to have been written during the very dawn of Christianity. The Odes Project is the most ambitious adaptation to date of the mythical Odes of Solomon, a collection of 42 canticles believed to have been composed during the first couple centuries of the early Christian church.

None of these relics is scriptural or even theological, but much like classic hymnody and some of today's Christian music, the songs are very much a reflection of a soul's response to scriptures and God's great gift of salvation. Olden faith was never pompous or larger-than-life, so there's a certain simplicity to the poetry—a sense of humility and awe that provides a sobering glimpse into the faith life of pioneering Christ followers.

That's perhaps the biggest challenge producer and composer John Andrew Schreiner (Fernando Ortega, Keith & Kristyn Getty) faced in adapting the odes. How does one set to music such pure, unadulterated text without losing the psalmist's original spirit?

After extensive research and meetings with Dr. Charles Fromm, publisher of Worship Leader and a longtime odes scholar (as well as the project's visionary and executive producer), Schreiner set out on the daunting task to adapt and write music for 28 of the 42 odes. The results, for the most part, are striking: by placing the time-worn hymnody in a context melding inspirational, ...

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The Odes Project, Vol. 1 & 2
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April 1, 2008
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