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Hiding Place

Selah

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Album Review

On its fourth recording, Selah don't step far from their unusual yet successful formula of marrying traditional hymns to contemporary pop and blue-eyed R&B arrangements, African folk songs, Irish melodies, and modern-day praise & worship songs. Siblings Todd Smith and Nicol Sponberg were born to missionaries and raised in central Africa, while Allan Hall was reared in Nashville. The trio met at Belmont College and recorded their first album, Be Still My Soul, for $2000. The rest is history: They've earned four Dove Awards and played Carnegie Hall, as well as holding the dubious distinction of playing on political evangelist Pat Robertson's 700 Club program. Hiding Place's best moments are in its traditional songs, such as "Essengo," a Congolese folk song sung in Kituba, while the old nugget "By and By" is arranged as a chanted African singalong, making it fresh and interesting. However, the trio's attempt at a funky rock arrangement — which may be edgy for conservative churchgoers — is almost laughably bad as pop music. The arrangement of "Through It All" is respectable, but largely because Sponberg finally cuts loose a little, thanks to being prodded by a host of real gospel singers in the background. Also, it is interesting to note that Selah's "Irish" tune, "You Raise Me Up," is actually about as new age a Celtic melody and arrangement as is possible to put on tape. As a marketing gimmick, each member gets a solo track tagged on as a bonus at the end of the set to promote upcoming solo projects (all to be released simultaneously). Ultimately, it comes down to whether you dig this group on a basic level or not. If you do, this will be another delight. If you find Selah's music rather bland, Hiding Place will do nothing to change your view.

Customer Reviews

AWESOME

Not only can this group sing they have one thing that is the most important ANOINTING FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT! When they praise the Lord you can feel that they are true worshipers worshiping in spirit and in thruth just like Jesus said. If you want a cd to listen to when your praying this is it. My favorite is "You are my hiding place" I

Bless the Lord O My Soul

Hallelujah!!! I tell you if the Apostle Paul could praise the Lord bound in chains in a physical prison can we not praise the Lord despite the prision in our minds. Selah's beautiful harmony brings the song I Bless Your Name out to the world. Sing the name of JESUS! Amen! This album can help aid you in a time of need. This is a must have song and album.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Very moving lyrics! Lots of original sounds and great remakes of certain hymns! If you are looking for something that has your upbeat and slower songs on the same CD, this is it!!

Biography

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Two-thirds of the gospel vocal trio Selah grew up in Africa, and that influence makes itself felt on the group's 1999 debut album, Be Still My Soul. Press On appeared two years later....
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