Album Review: O Worship The King

O Worship The King, by John MacArthur, Joni Eareckson Tada, Robert and Bobbie Wolgemuth, and The Master’s Chorale

While I am not aware of this album hitting any music charts, this disc (the first of a four disc series) accompanied a book [1] and appears like the sort of cd that would be sold in a late night infomercial alongside Andy Griffith’s renditions of classic hymns.  This has that sort of feel to it, in that these somewhat familiar Christian figures [2] sing together hymns that are a well-honored part of the evangelical tradition.  Some of these hymns are even familiar to someone like myself who is an outsider to that tradition, most notably “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” and “Be Thou My Vision.”  A track by track review follows:

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God:  A classic hymn from Luther based on Psalm 46, the harmonies on this number are excellent, and this song definitely starts the album out on a high level of excellence.

It Is Well With My Soul:  This familiar tune is sung with a great deal of passion and subtlety, and the instrumentation adds to the stately grandeur of the song, making this version an excellent version.

O Worship The King:  Another familiar song, this song showcases the excellent singing of John MacArthur, something I did not see coming, with sweet instrumentation to add to its pleasant and rousing quality.

I Know Whom I Have Believed:  This particular song, which was not familiar to me before, sounded in its performance like that of my local congregational choir, which is by no means faint praise, as it sounds like the sort of song that my fellow choir members and I would be good at singing.

O The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus:  This song is a love song, but in a minor key that shows a greater depth and darkness than is commonly expected from religious love songs.  As is common on this disc, the harmonies are excellent, making this a solid track overall.

Man Of Sorrows!  What A Name:  For the first time on this album, this particular track represents a certain strongly sentimental touch of the kind that is all too common in Christian music.  That does not make it a bad track, and it gets better towards the end, thankfully.

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded:  This particular song features a stirring minor key and tight vocal harmonies, as is pretty standard for this album so far.  This is another song that would appear to be an obvious contender for choir performance.

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise:  After a somewhat lengthy instrumental opening, the choral harmonies follow and sound beautiful and stirring, showing yet another example of excellence in old-fashioned taste that has marked the album as a whole so far.

Breathe On Me, Breath Of God:  This song is beautiful and old-fashioned, even if its lyrics tend a bit towards the sentimental side, expressing the desire to be blessed by the Holy Spirit.

O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go:  Despite the fact that this song has a rather sentimental title, the music has a sense of stateliness and grandeur that overcomes being mere sentiment.  This is another song that would sound great from a solid choir.

Be Thou My Vision:  A lovely rendition of the familiar Irish hymn, this song was pleasant to listen to despite the fact that I am very familiar with singing various settings of this hymn.  A straightforward rendition of a lovely tune is always something to enjoy.

My Faith Has Found A Resting Place:  This lovely and encouraging hymn is a fitting close to an album, in that it serves as a natural conclusion of confidence in God, which is a good place for any album of faith to end in.

This album is surprisingly excellent from beginning to end–there’s not a bad song in the lot, and the album as a whole is an excellent one.  This is an album that a listener with somewhat old fashioned tastes in listening to good choral music will likely enjoy a lot.  You’re not going to get anything that would be played on Christian Contemporary Radio, but you will get solid hymns, some of them with material taken from the Bible, and that ought to be enough for most who would listen to this album.


[2] See, for example:

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