L'Angelus - Sacred Hymns - Catholic CD Review

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l'angelusA stunning new vision for traditional hymns. I had the privilege of hearing an advance copy of Sacred Hymns and I was blown away when I heard it. The first album by L’Angelus was a mixture of Cajun-country-bluegrass and is a pleasure to listen to. What they have been able to do with this latest album is to fuse their unique sound with an unmistakably Catholic repertoire. But don’t think these are hymns with a twang.

I recognized many of the tracks on the cover and was surprised when I started listening that some of them had different melodies than I was familiar with. The a capella Salve Regina is particularly nice because the melody is the chant form that most people are familiar with, but the astounding harmony transforms this into version you will listen to time and again. These new arrangements and the incredible musical talent these young adults possess make every song on the album a gem. They treat the listener with English, Latin, French and Spanish hymns and despite the wide array of inspiration, the album has a very unified feel.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see L’Angelus in concert or live on EWTN you should listen to some of the sample tracks and purchase this CD. They have always had an interest in Catholic music and had written a waltz in honor of St. Cecilia long before they considered recording Sacred Hymns. The Catholic market is a new venture for them and these young people have received a warm welcome in this community.

New Catholic music has the stigma of being inferior to Christian and popular music because of the schmaltzy nature and low production value it so often brings with it. Sacred Hymns smashes that stereotype and puts Catholic music on equal footing with the more popular genres. This is a great album for people of all ages.

You can purchase Sacred Hymns through Igantius Press.

Reviewed by James Rutherford, Tiberriver.com

Copyright 2009 Susan Bailey

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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  1. L’Angelus is a fantastic group and their newest CD of sacred music is fantastic. I listen to it all the time and recommend it highly.

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