Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CD REVIEWS: Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends & City of Enoch: Sweet Redeemer

Source: Deseret Book for review


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has collaborated with some of the most legendary vocalists and performers over the years. For this album, the Choir has assembled an unprecedented collection of recordings taken from standout performances over the past 15 years. Most of these performances were recorded live at the 20,000+ seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City. In addition, some real gems were uncovered or created specifically for this album, including a performance recorded live before millions of viewers at the start of the 2002 Winter Olympics (Sting & Yo-Yo Ma performing "Fragile") and new recordings such as Amy Grant's "Thy Word," The King's Singers' "I'm Running On," and Santino Fontana's "He Lives in You."


Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends is a delightful compilation of songs that the choir has sung with a variety of different professional musicians over the years.  Starting with the choir performing with Sting and Yo-Yo Ma in "Fragile" the choir performs brilliantly.  I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the wide variety of different styles and performers.  Some of these I'd heard elsewhere such as "Through Heaven's Eyes" with Brian Stokes Mitchell at a Christmas concert several years ago, but most of them I hadn't heard before.  While these songs may not have the spiritual touch that so much of the choir's work does, they highlight the skill and versatility that the choir possesses.  I recommend this collection for those who are already fans of the choir as well as those who may not have enjoyed their work before.  Check out the sample tracks here.


City of Enoch is the group that you have been waiting for, with a captivating sound that is described as “Lady Antebellum harmonies meet Christian Contemporary praise.” This debut album from a rising trio features new songs, great Christian covers, and an incredible new arrangement of the classic hit “He Hears Me”.


I enjoyed listening to the music of this new group called City of Enoch.  I'd categorize their music as Christian pop, with it's great messages yet upbeat pop sound. I only recognized one of the songs on this album but the arrangement was definitely different.  I enjoyed all the songs, especially the ones about the Savior.  The title song Sweet Redeemer was my favorite though.  What a comforting, sweet message about the love of the Lord for us.  I also really enjoyed the two songs based on stories from the Book of Mormon, Bountiful, about the visit of the Savior to the temple in Bountiful in the Americas, as well as 2000 about the Stripling Warriors.  A fun, yet sweet new collection of songs for all those who love the Lord and beautiful music.  I highly recommend that you check it out.

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