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Jesus Music Again

Style: Mellow acoustic; compare to John Michael Talbot and Michael Card

Top tracks: "Your Love Broke Through," "Presence of the Lord," Soon and Very Soon"

This trio not only mines excellent cover songs from the late 1960s to early 1980s Jesus music era but also refines and polishes a number of gems so they sport a brand-new sparkle. Most notable is the iconic "Your Love Broke Through," as Bennett joins Batstone mid-song in a striking minor-key, ethereal vocal round/call-response that becomes an arresting, dusky coda—a lovely addition to the otherwise sunny, familiar melody. Indeed the Batstone/Bennett vocal blend often bewitches when it pops up from track to track—far and away the highlight across consistently imaginative treatments of already legendary tunes.

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