A friend recently introduced me to the entire book of James set to music, word-for-word, free online. It has played far too many times in my car for the last eight weeks, and I just can’t get enough of it.
Some facts and info, and then I’ll tell you why I’m crazy about this group and the stuff they’re producing.
The Indelible Project is a band based in Birmingham, Alabama, and led by Taylor McCall, the featured singer in this album. With the desire that the Word might be planted in the hearts and minds of God’s people, The Indelible Project set a goal of writing the New Testament Scriptures to music as a gift to the church.
They began with the book of James, released November 2013. Convenient for me since I was in the middle of a study of the book of James when I learned about this album.
Word-for-word ESV, “The Indelible Project: James” presents a meditative and pleasant setting of the entirety of the book of James for more than an hour of edifying enjoyment.
That’s fabulous right there, but get this.
The music fits the text.
Need I say more? If you had the idea that word-for-word Scripture songs must definitely sound awkward? Yeah, I did, too. Think again.
This album has a nice blend of tight harmonies and fresh instrumentation. You’d never even notice the absence of rhyme and repetition.
Impressive, if you ask me. The first time I heard it, I thought, “Thank you. This is the way it ought to be done.”
Now, to be a consistent musician, I must offer one complaint. It’s not entirely singable, thanks to guys with super freakish vocal ranges. But it’s so good, I’ll have to be okay with it.
It’s free, folks. So you’re required to take a listen.
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