A new cover of “Amazing Grace” posted online Monday is being hailed as beautiful — but that’s not stopping critics from skewering it.

Singer Chase Holfelder — who took the Internet by storm with his rendition of the national anthem — recorded a version of the popular hymn in the minor key. And, while many have lauded his cover for the vocals, some are upset for a few changes he made to the song.

“[I] take some liberties with the melody and the lyrics in the second verse,” Holfelder says at the outset of the video. “And, being a religious song, there might be some people that have a problem with me changing it up at all.”

“But I just want to make it clear that it’s not my intention to offend anybody,” he continues. “I was just trying to create something new that was fitting for the dark feel that the minor key gave to the song. That’s it.”

The second verse alters the lyrics of the song to change the meaning significantly.

“Amazing Grace, how sour your sound, that damned a wreckage like me,” Holfelder sings. “I once was lost, but still am not found. Had sight, now I can’t see.”

“Amazing Grace, how sour your sound, that damned a wreckage like me.”
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Individuals on YouTube have, thus, left very mixed reviews.

“Due to my strong religious convictions, I’m highly offended at the liberties you have taken with regards to this song. Otherwise, very well done,” one person commented on the video.

“This is beautiful.Amazing!Keep it up!” another user countered.

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