Begin the Christmas season with sisters Rebecca, Alyssa and Lauren Barlow as they recapture their childhood memories through music. Home For Christmas is a timeless Christmas recording of songs perfect for ushering in the Christmas season. The CD features eleven tracks bursting with seamless harmonies and beautiful instrumentation and arrangements of Christmas favorites, along with an original recording!
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It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Carol Of The Bells/Sing We Now Of Christmas
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Hallelujah (Light Has Come)
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
What Child Is This?
Angelic Proclamation (O Come All Ye Faithful/Angels We Have Heard On High/ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)
A Modern Day Classic| Posted September 11, 2009
BarlowGirl has said that it was always a dream of theirs a as a band to one day record a Christmas album together--to not only make for their fans, but also for themselves and for their family to cherish. On the green WOW Christmas album in 2005, fans got a taste of just how BarlowGirl could rock a Christmas tune with their amped up version of ?O Holy Night?. But Don?t be fooled, although this band can rock, unlike fellow band Relient K who took the route of making a rock Christmas album, this time around for this full length LP, the girls decided to take the traditional approach and show just how amazing they can harmonize when they put their interments down as well.
?It?s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year? begins the album on a classical upbeat note while it goes on with one of thee best versions of ?Carol of the Bells? with ?Sing We Now Of Christmas? I have EVER heard. It?s no surprise why this was chosen as one of the best Christmas albums of 2008... ?I?ll Be Home For Christmas? comes from the heart for these sisters while the song that they penned ?Hallelujah (Light Has Come)? will go down as one of their best--Christmas album or not. It?s a tune that you will find yourself listening to year-round.
?O Little Town Of Bethlehem? takes more a quirky jazzy turn while ?What Child Is This?, sung by Rebecca Barlow (in her first EVER time singing lead for a song in the group) takes this song to a blues-esq mood, very slow and full of soul. ?Panis Angelicus?, a Latin Christmas song is sung seamlessly Alyssa Barlow while ?Angelic Proclamation? and ?Go Tell It On The Mountain? bring this album back to the upbeat swing of things. ?O Come, O Come Emmanuel? is one of the most chilling on the album, with a haunting string section and flooring harmonies. The album comes to a close with the classic piano driven ?Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas?.
Not only is this one of the best Christmas albums of 2008, it?s one of the best that I own. Fan of the band or not, you?ll find it hard to not like this one. Many fans have stated that while they like this album they hope the band will take the Relient K route one day and make a Christmas rock album?I think that this will be the first in many Christmas albums by the band and rock or traditional, if they are anything like ?Home For Christmas?, I will keep buying and listening to them time and time again.
PEPPY POP AND CLASSY ARRANGEMENTS EDGE OUT USUAL ROCK MOTIF| Posted October 07, 2008
On BarlowGirl’s first-ever Christmas album, the Chicago-bred trio highlights some of its previous strengths while concurrently exploring an entirely new stylistic interest pool. The most immediate point of familiarity is the group’s tight knit harmonies (which are once again on target), though there’s a certain softening of the threesome’s rock edge in favor of more peppy pop and classy arrangements. Though that may turn off fans who only prefer these young ladies’ aggressive material, it really wouldn’t be appropriate to crank up the amplifiers during “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” or “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” both of which are tastefully tailored to a more peaceful motif.
Though not necessarily the group’s future direction, this specialty project soars with a jazzy rendition of “What Child Is This?” and the vocal pop glow of the combined “Carol of the Bells/Sing We Now of Christmas.” Outside all these covers, the collection also features the original ballad “Hallelujah (Light Has Come),” which also displays radiance in orchestrated ballad contexts, even if it lacks the instant infectiousness of the group’s previous radio singles. In that regard, the project would’ve benefited from at least another original tune or two. Even with those omissions, Home For Christmas has a lot of surprising but impressive elements, likely to put longtime and even brand-new listeners in the spirit of the season. –Andy Argyrakis
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Different, But Good None the Less| Posted October 22, 2008
BarlowGirl, the great all girl rock band of our generation, impresses with this new release, "Home For Christmas". This is a compilation of the Girls favorite Christmas songs, as well as a new song penned by the ladies. The girls take a break from their signature Alt Rock sound, and replace it with Jazzy/Bluesey arrangments featuring the Girls themselves on their respective instruments, long time producer Otto Price, and the City of Prauge Philharmonic. With a traditional christmas sound as their foundation, the Girls transform each song and infuse it with emotion and glee and their favorite christmas memories. This is sure to spend time on everyone's iPod or radio this christmas season, and many more to come.
Some of the CD's Highlights include "Carol of the Bells/Sing we now of Christmas" this showcases the girls tremendous vocals and seamless harmonies, "Hallelujah (Light Has Come)" the origional song for this album is an emotional song that really delivers towrds the end, "What Child is This?" features Rebecca Barlow's debut on lead vocals on a CD (she had lead for a verse on a song titled "Image" that could be downloaded with the purchase of their first album) and she is AMAZING! She adds a very different dynamic to the ladies sound with her astounding Alto voice and Elvis like guitar playing. And the album closer "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a beautiful song that thie girls shine on vocally.
While their rock sound is missed, this is certainly a welcome addition to any BarlowGirl fans collection... or any Music fans collection.
Wonderful| Posted June 10, 2012
This Christmas CD contains songs loved by all with Barlowgirl style. The album has a wonderful use of harmony to make this CD a joy to listen to. It also has several songs which were written by the band. My favorite songs are "I'll be home for Christmas" and "Carol of the Bells."
Loved it!!| Posted December 01, 2009
Oh My Goodness! I just bought this album about a week ago. They are amazing!! I love Becca, Alyssa, and Lauren So Sooo much! They are so talented! I really loved their song Hallelujah (Light Has Come). That song is so pretty!
Great Christmas CD| Posted September 02, 2009
This is a gret cd to listen to during the holidays. The vocal range that the Barlow Girls have are amazing. We played this CD a lot this past holiday season and I am sure that we will play it again this year. I like the different versions and the way they play Christmas music.
Good Christmas Music...Finally!| Posted September 02, 2009
I got this album last Christmas from the Family Christian bookstore and I was very pleased with it. Most of the time when you get Christmas music, it's the same old same old. But Barlowgirl put a modern twist on some classics and came up with some of thier own. Definitely a holiday album I would recommend.
More than a Season| Posted November 11, 2008
Every year when October comes, the Christmas music begins. Sometimes it even starts as early as September. For the most part, I try to wait until October to listen to Christmas music, but some artists' CDs play in my CD player year-round. I knew the first time that I heard BarlowGirl's "Home for Christmas" that I was hooked. The Barlow sisters mix together a wonderful blend of harmonies, combining various styles of music into one album. Their love for the holiday and the celebration of the Savior's birth is undeniably apparent.
Although most of the songs on the album are recreated versions of our Christmas favorites, BarlowGirl treats us to an amazing new song: "Hallelujah (Light has Come)." This song is incredibly beautiful, coming from Mary's point of view where she is humbled before God and amazed that He would choose her to hold His Son. We need to have that amazement that God entrusted us with His Word that we might spread His message to others. This song touched my heart as soon as the melody reached my ears, and I am confident that it will inspire all listeners.
I encourage everyone to check out this new album by BarlowGirl. It will become a holiday favorite, and possibly an all-around favorite as it has for me. It you're looking for a gift for someone this Christmas, be sure to check this out. You won't regret it.
A M A Z I N G *| Posted October 27, 2008
I absolutely love this cd! It has an awesomely unique and timeless sound to it! I will deffinately be listening to it YEAR ROUND!! A few of my favorite tracks are their original Hallelujah (Light Has Come), Carol of the Bells/Sing We Now of Christmas, O Come O Come Emmanuel, and Becca's first lead song What Child is This! All the songs are amazing and beautiful! This is a must buy for everyone who love Christmas!!
beautiful and classic.| Posted October 26, 2008
This album was different then I expected but in alot of ways its better then I expected. The girls really show off their vocal abilities on Home for Christmas and its impressive. Alyssa Barlow especially shines vocally on the album and I was very happy to finally hear Becca Barlow's beautiful voice on "what child is this?"
My favorite song on the entire album has to be (Halelujah) light has come. Its no surprise to me that the one song they wrote on the album is my favorite song. They are incredible song writers and this song makes that even more evident to put it simply it is a gorgeous song. you have to listen to it to understand how moving and beautiful it is. I'm very proud of my favorite band on this project. They did a wonderful job infusing the true spirt of christmas into this album making it both classic and even timeless.