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Songs for the season
Posted October 14, 2007
By samsgroove,


An eclectic and well arranged collection of Christmas songs, this album introduces fresh originals as well as it presents timeless classics. It has calmly joyful arrangements that reflect the spirit of Christmas music and celebrate the reason for the season, that is, the birth of Jesus Christ.

My first reaction to this album was amazement as the varied styles and instrumentation combined to create a hybrid somewhere in between energetic happiness and quiet reflection.

Wonderful Christmastime is a pleasant melody. Love Came Down at Christmas is welcoming in its steady groove. Hibernation Day is a warm, cozy tune for when it's too cold to get out of bed. Winter Skin is like walking through chilly winter air as you're bundled up traveling down a small street with warmly lit windows. Evergreen has such an enchanting and memorable progression. Christmastime Is Here is surely enjoyable to anyone who has heard Vince Guaraldi playing it for A Charlie Brown Christmas. Drummer Boy has a different beat, but God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen is classic and new at the same time. Gabriel's Message is soothing and powerful. In the Bleak Midwinter is also memorable, and then I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day is a great way to wrap up the album. Every song has a surprise to offer. The only way to appreciate this diverse collection is to listen with undivided attention.

I enjoy how this album takes me to so many different times and places, a journey that the music evokes. This album is definitely one of the most unique Christmas albums to come around in a long time. For sure, this album provides us with new music with which to celebrate Christmas this year.

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