In Christ Alone is a collection of new recordings of hymns for the modern church by Bethany Dillon and Matt Hammit (lead singer of Sanctus Real). This compilation features stellar versions of such favorites as "In Christ Alone" and "How Deep The Father's Love For Us". Featuring innovative and inspired arragements and production, In Christ Alone promises to be one of the defining modern worship releases in 2008.
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UNNECESSARY HYMNS PROJECT| Posted September 24, 2008
Certain collaborative projects seem like such a natural extension of the artists involved that you have to wonder why they haven’t worked together before. Then there are some, like In Christ Alone, combining acoustic songstress Bethany Dillon with Matt Hammitt, (lead vocalist for Sanctus Real) that feel forced and more a commercial pairing created with dollar signs in mind rather than artistry.
In Christ Alone energizes a dozen British hymns written in the last decade or so with Dillon and Hammitt largely taking turns with lead vocals. Dillon seems more at home in these waters, but both come off just fine. But perhaps that’s the problem.
This is not a bad album, but it’s not necessarily good either. The Tim Hughes/Martin Smith collaboration “Clinging to the Cross” leads off the disc on a darker note and, with a buoyant string arrangement, is one of the best tracks on In Christ Alone. The title track follows with deep, punching percussion that drives the familiar song forward. But others like “Jesus is Lord” and “Adoration” are largely forgettable.
While there are some gems here, there are stronger artistic arrangements and collaborations than In Christ Alone available for your worship gatherings. -Matt Conner
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Awesome cd!| Posted August 31, 2008
I love this cd! Matt Hammitt of Sanctus Real and Bethany Dillon sound so nice together. I love their version of classic hymns and their versions of some of Tim Hughes` songs. Buy this cd!
Disappointed| Posted June 04, 2008
I am a long-time fan of both Bethany Dillon and Sanctus Real, but something about this album just didn't work for me. I purchased the song "Clinging to the Cross" on iTunes and really enjoy it but I was disappointed with the other tracks that I previewed and did not purchase. Matt leads the vocals on many of the songs and I was hoping for more of Bethany. It may work for others, but for me it just didn't make the cut.