I'm Amazed … Live
- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Sep
The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir remains one of the most recognized and acclaimed in the world today, impressively comprised of approximately 300 ordinary singers—experienced, yes, but not necessarily trained. The choir has nonetheless earned Grammys and sold more than 4 million copies of 22 albums since its inception in the 1970s, when director Carol Cymbala and her husband started the church.
This massive choir's latest is
But the CD bogs down in forgettable inspirational ballads that too closely resemble one another. "King of Glory" stands apart with its sweeping grandeur, and "Thou, O Lord" has a strong enough melody to make the familiar pop orchestration memorable. That still leaves three other worshipful ballads mired in mushy cliché—less is more with these. Otherwise, while the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir doesn't really offer anything that we haven't heard from them before, it's hard to fault an album that's still inspirational and still sounds great, with proceeds benefiting their church's outreach programs.