Veritas is five young men who wear suits to perform; the type of group your church would have booked on Sunday night a generation ago; the type of group the Christian college would send on tour to raise funds and recruit students. Described on their website as “a contemporary classical vocal group,” their self-titled album is a mix of things that said church guest musicians or college quintet would offer for sale in the lobby after the concert, assuring patrons that, “There’s something on this for everyone.”
So you get a little CCM (I Can Only Imagine), a little modern worship (Angus Dei, 10,000 Reasons) an inspirational track (You’ll Never Walk Alone), the obligatory patriotic number (American Anthology), the classical performance number (The Lord’s Prayer), a John Legend cover (If You’re Out There) and inexplicably, a Christian rock cover (Dare You To Move). Hearing the last one, my wife noted, “They’ve taken Switchfoot and done a Disney version of it.” Well, not exactly…
But then my son commented that genre issues aside, “This is actually a very well produced album.” And it is. And there really is something for everyone. And Christmas is coming and you need to buy gifts.
You’ll find it available in stores on Tuesday filed under… well, you’ll just have to look in various places for it.
When Christian blogs took off, publishers rushed to flood popular social media authors with books to review, but CD reviews are rarely seen on any but a few Christian websites. We’re open to reviewing any and all nationally-distributed albums sent to us; this one is releasing through Provident Distribution and was sent to us by David C. Cook, who do an excellent job — and I’m not saying that to get more CDs to review — distributing their product in the frozen north.