From the opening moments of the electronically influenced "Joy (to the World)," it's clear that Avalon has set out to offer a production that stands out among Christmas albums. This assessment is sealed with the next song, "The Angel's Medley." It begins with a standard "First Noël" solemnity, and climaxes into a funk-disco rendition of "Hark the Herald Angles Sing," in which one can imagine the four members of this quartet sporting their flashiest silk duds. But that is not to say that Joy: A Christmas Collection doesn't have its standard Christmas trappings. Accompanied by the London Session Orchestra, this record comes complete with all of the harps, bells, and strings-simulated snow flurries that anyone could want. With the added fireside glow and up-front energy of Avalon's dazzling vocal expertise, this disc is sure to cause anyone to break out the hot chocolate, roast some chestnuts, and bust some good dance moves around the Christmas tree.
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Joy (To The World)
The Angels Medley: The First Noel/Angels We Have Heard On High
One of the best!| Posted January 12, 2012
Avalon did an awesome job in making this Christmas CD. Being able to combine all kinds of Christmas songs into a sing song is great. Also capturing the lyrics and making them stand out through the tone and instruments is wonderful. It's a very talented Christmas CD full of great songs!
lovin it| Posted October 07, 2008
i love Avalon!!!! They are vibrant, passionate, beautiful, and glorifying to God. each song is unique and well written.... Great cd and i am excited for more !!!!!!!!!
Christmas With Avalon| Posted April 24, 2008
Come on a sleigh ride with Avalon to where the air is filled with dazzling harmonies, heart-warming lyrics, and holiday cheer on the group's fourth full-length studio release, Joy: A Christmas Collection. Get ready for infectious pop tunes, esepecially on the high-speed opening thriller "Joy (To The World)", with layers of pop goodness. Then (after enjoying the sounds of a multi-song medley which includes "The First Noel") slow down a little to recuperate from the first two tracks and enjoy Avalon's breath-taking vocals on "Don't Save It All For Christmas Day" and "Jesus, Born On This Day", sure to send chillbumps coming. Don't get too settled, however; the action-packed, fast-paced toe-tapper "Winter Wonderland" is next--another pop treat where solid production and flawless vocals continue to dominate as the album's theme. The fan-favorite, inspirational "Light A Candle" is next, and is definitely one of my favorites on the entire project, with a catchy melody line that is sure to find the repeat button as its home. The spine-tingling re-telling of Jesus' birth on "Good News" only makes Joy more attractive than ever, while the holiday-hit "The Christmas Song" doesn't get left out. The arrangement on this song sticks close to home, which will make long-time music fans happy. Time to explore more of Avalon's unique style on the "Manger Medley", which features "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", "Away In A Manger", "O Little Town Of Bethlehem", and "Silent Night" all wrapped up in a huge package of delight. Hear each member of the group show off their own vocal talent on each song of this excellent medley on these beautifully-done tunes. Finally, Joy comes to close with the piano-driven, heart-wrenching power ballad, "We Are The Reason", a perfect ending for any holiday collection. Overall, this Avalon project is perfect for anyone of any age, a great thing to enjoy while decorating the tree or any of your Christmas activities!! Sure to uplift your spirit with positive messages and timeless songs of faith, Joy: A Christmas Collection deserves to find a place in any music-lover's collection.