Amy Grant - Tennessee Christmas

Published Thursday 24th November 2016
Amy Grant - Tennessee Christmas
Amy Grant - Tennessee Christmas

STYLE: Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 163285-24699
LABEL: Capitol 0602537508747
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2016-11-25
RRP: £9.99


Reviewed by Tony Cummings

There's a telling note from Amy on this CD booklet. "I first recorded [the song] 'Tennessee Christmas' in the summer of 1983 at Caribou Ranch. I was 22 years old. My two grandmothers were included in a family photo on the record's foldout jacket. 33 years later I'm still singing this song. And guess who's got a grandchild now?" Amy's original rendition of "Tennessee Christmas" on 'A Christmas Album' was the best holiday song of the year to my ears and a rarity - a sentimental reflection on the choices of family and friends at Christmas which, though it had no mention of the birth of Christ, managed to work as a celebration of the season. Amy's re-recording of the song here with producer Mac McNally is pretty good too. Elsewhere though this album has problems. "To Be Together", co-written by Amy and Chris Eaton, is Christocentric ("We are not alone/'cos love has put his arms around the world") and a very slow version of "Joy To The World", produced by Ed Cash, is appealing, but elsewhere we are left with tepid renditions of "White Christmas" and bizarrely the non-Christmas standards "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside, the latter with husband Vince Gill providing the male voice interjections. (If you've never heard the Ray Charles and Betty Carter version of the standard you might enjoy Amy and Vince though in truth this is pretty poor.) In view of Amy's huge popularity in the Christmas music marketplace there is no doubting 'Tennessee Christmas' will sell in big numbers. Unfortunately though, this is a mediocre set from a singer we all know can do far, far better.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Tennessee Christmas [Listen]
2. To Be Together [Listen]
3. Christmas For You And Me [Listen]
4. Melancholy Christmas [Listen]
5. December [Listen]
6. White Christmas [Listen]
7. Joy To The World [Listen]
8. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm [Listen]
9. Baby, It's Cold Outside (ftg Vince Gill) [Listen]
10. Christmas Don't Be Late [Listen]
11. Still Can't Sleep [Listen]
12. Another Merry Christmas [Listen]
13. O Come, All Ye Faithful [Listen]

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Product Description
Amy Grant, one of the most iconic and beloved songwriters in Christian music, is set to release her first all new Christmas album nearly 20 years. Tennessee Christmas features an updated recording of the Amy Grant Christmas standard, Tennessee Christmas, 6 new songs and traditional Christmas favourites Baby, Its Cold Outside (featuring Vince Gill), O Come All Ye Faithful & Joy To The World. This brand new album showcases Amys classic vocal with intimate and mellow arrangements, interspersed with personal stories and Christmas memories. Featuring a team of acclaimed producers, this medley of seasonal tracks is sure to be a record that is returned to year after year.

Tracklist
01. Tennessee Christmas
02. To Be Together
03. Christmas For You And Me
04. Melancholy Christmas
05. December
06. White Christmas
07. Joy To The World
08. Iíve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
09. Baby, Itís Cold Outside
10. Christmas Donít Be Late
11. Still Canít Sleep
12. Another Merry Christmas
13. O Come, All Ye Faithful

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