Listen to the new single from VoxMusic!
Listen to the new single from VoxMusic!

JFH Indie Review

JFH Indie Music Spotlight Review

Jason Truby

Jason Truby
Hymns: Guitar Arrangements for Peace and Healing

Street Date: July 26, 2016
Style: Guitar / Instrumental


When you think of guitar virtuosos (I mean true masters), there aren't really too many deserving of such a title. When you narrow that down to the Christian community of artists, only one name really comes to mind: Phil Keaggy. The guy is an absolutely phenomenal guitar player and, to this day, has massive amount of respect amongst guitar players and other musicians alike. While many metal guitarists are certainly known for their chops, why is a term like virtuoso being thrown around on a review for the newest album by former Living Sacrifice and P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby? Truby has silently been releasing acoustic instrumental albums for years, starting with 2005's String Theory, and man is he good! His newest album, Hymns: Guitar Arrangements For Peace and Healing, is another example of his true musicianship.

Hymns features ten classic hymns, eight of which are still wildly popular within the church today, put to beautiful acoustic guitar arrangements and backed with various accompanying instruments for certain tracks. The music here is not indicative of his metal days, so don't be expecting a shred-fest, but instead a masterful display of acoustic guitar playing arguably more impressive than anything he could have done back in his Living Sacrifice days. The intricacies that stand out on songs like "O God Our Help in Ages Past," an album favorite, are enough to make you smile. Even a song like "Amazing Grace," done a million different ways by just as many artists and musicians, manages to sound a little more fresh than usual. "Be Thou My Vision" is another one that sticks out in the track listing as a really striking version of the song. While hymns albums in general are a dangerous game -- there is a super thin line between ruining a classic and recording the same thing that's already been heard countless times before -- nothing on Jason Truby's Hymns makes you think, "I've heard this all before." Truby gives listeners the foundation they need to recognize the song, but then adds so much extra beyond the standard melody without it becoming a distraction. In fact, it's a very welcomed addition to songs heard so many times with the same arrangement. The best example of this is "Doxology." The main music is complex and lovely, but it sounds nothing like the "Doxology" you've heard. Suddenly, a simply picked guitar cuts through the mix playing the known melody of the song and it all comes together.

Hymns: Guitar Arrangements For Peace and Healing isn't necessarily going to be your everyday listen -- unless your everyday music consists of softly picked acoustic guitar instrumentals -- but instead, gives you absolutely wonderful renditions of classic hymns to play in moments of reflection, or as the album title suggests, in moments when you need a little peace or healing in your life. These cuts are also perfect for churches that don't have a lot in the way of musicians. The tracks would be great for playing during invitations, as background music during communion, or in other moments when softly played music would be fitting. Is Jason Truby as good as Phil Keaggy? Who knows? Is his music on par with some of the acoustic albums Keaggy has released over the years? No doubt. If you haven't listened to Truby's solo music before, now is the time. I personally feel that he is one of the most underrated and overlooked guitarists (amongst the general masses) in the music industry today. Truby truly delivers here and proves that he is a master of his instrument. If you give these stunningly played acoustic guitar songs a listen today, I seriously doubt you will find yourself disappointed.

- Review date: 8/19/16, written by Michael Weaver of Jesusfreakhideout.com


Listen to the new album from Sarah Sparks!

 

JFH Indie Spotlight Review . Record Label: None
. Album length: 10 tracks: 41 minutes, 7 seconds
. Street Date: July 26, 2016
. Download It: iTunes
. Download It: AmazonMP3

  1. Come Thy Fount (3:21)
  2. All Creatures of Our God and King (3:35)
  3. It Is Well with My Soul (5:36)
  4. Holy Holy Holy (7:09)
  5. O God Our Help in Ages Past (4:07)
  6. Before the Throne of God (3:29)
  7. Amazing Grace (2:26)
  8. Be Thou My Vision (3:12)
  9. Nothing but the Blood (3:55)
  10. Doxology (4:17)

 

 

 

go to main Indie review page
go to Indie Review Index

 

           
Listen to the new album from Sarah Sparks!

Search JFH




This Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Mat Kearney January Flower (Acoustic EP) [Tomorrow Music]


This Thursday, May 13, 2021
ICF Worship Choose To Praise [Integrity]


This Friday, May 14, 2021
Anna Golden Peace: The Album [Motown Gospel/TeeLee]
Mark Bishop Like a Songbird That Has Fallen - Single [Sonlite]
Future of Forestry Remember - Single (independent)
Nick & Becky Drake and Worship For Everyone The Rock (ft. Tim Hughes) - Single [Integrity]
Run51 Hymns Vol. 1 [DREAM]
James Stockstill James - EP [Bethany Music]
The Talleys Hidden Heroes (Live) - Single [Horizon]
Zach Williams The Struggle - Single [Provident]


Next Friday, May 21, 2021
Meredith Andrews Ábrenos Los Cielos [Curb/Word]
August Burns Red Leveler: 10th Anniversary Edition (independent)
Bride Kinetic Faith (CD/Vinyl Reissue) [Girder Music]
Bride Snakes in the Playground (CD/Vinyl Reissue) [Girder Music]
Mat Kearney January Flower [Tomorrow Music]
Twenty One Pilots Scaled and Icy [Fueled by Ramen]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new album from White Stone Receivers!




Listen to the new single from Love Like Gravity on Spotify!