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The Gospel Project

The Idea of North
RRP: $29.95

In this, the fifth album from a cappella vocal quartet The Idea of North, the additions of a band and choir on some tracks show the next phase in the group’s career.

The Gospel Project is a step away from the group’s more jazz inspired other albums, but shows a different side of their music and responds to requests from fans for a gospel-style album.

It is sometimes hard to believe that you are actually listening to four voices. Their intonation is spot on, their arrangements are interesting and their musicality is impressive.

The album opens with a beautiful version of People Get Ready.

It includes arrangements of old favourites (such as Whenever God Shines his Light on Me and Down to the River to Pray) as well as original compositions.

Michael Leunig prayers are also put to fittingly haunting music.

For the comedy lovers there is also a bonus track that tells the story of a chicken waiting to be rescued to get on Noah’s arc.

With an album of music spanning extraordinary a cappella arrangements to gospel and rock/jazz, there is sure to be something for everyone on The Gospel Project.

The Gospel Project, along with other The Idea of North albums are available from most CD stores including HMV, JB Hi-Fi, Koorong and Word.