Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ Staked to Mel Gibson's film by just a marketing hook, this compilation of faith-based songs is curious -- and marvelous. There are classic-album picks (Leon… Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ Staked to Mel Gibson's film by just a marketing hook, this compilation of faith-based songs is curious -- and marvelous. There are classic-album picks (Leon… 2004-04-06 Various Artists
Music Review

Songs Inspired by The Passion of the Christ (2004)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Apr 06, 2004; Lead Performance: Various Artists

Staked to Mel Gibson's film by just a marketing hook, this compilation of faith-based songs is curious -- and marvelous. There are classic-album picks (Leon Russell's ''Stranger in a Strange Land''), savvy insider choices (Leonard Cohen's ''By the Rivers Dark''), Elvis, Dylan, and -- best of all -- striking new tracks: Holly Williams whispering granddad Hank's ''How Can You Refuse Him Now'' and Ricky Skaggs' a cappella ''Are You Afraid to Die.'' Songs evokes compassion, which makes us wonder: Wasn't Mel listening?

Originally posted Apr 09, 2004 Published in issue #759 Apr 09, 2004 Order article reprints
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