Mandisa - It's Christmas

Published Friday 6th March 2009
Mandisa - It's Christmas
Mandisa - It's Christmas

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 49557-15060
LABEL: Sparrow 5099921378027
RELEASE DATE: 2008-10-03
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Ian Hayter

Mandisa has been nominated for both Grammy and Dove awards. Here she turns out a fairly standard Christmas pop-cum-R&B album with a selection of old favourites (a jazz-tinged "O Holy Night", "Little Drummer Boy", "Mary's Boy Child") and original compositions. Her treatment of the familiar songs, under the eye of veteran producer Brown Bannister, is good without being remarkable, although the arrangements bring out the power and sensitivity of her voice (particularly on "Silent Night"). There are also two original compositions on the album, in each of which Mandisa duets with the composer - "Christmas Makes Me Cry" with Matthew West and "Christmas Day" with Michael W Smith. The latter is a big arrangement with choirs and orchestra, as well as the distinctive voices of Mr Smith and Mandisa. If you like your Christmas songs produced with a large helping of schmaltz, this album might be worth checking out next Christmas.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. What Christmas Means To Me [Listen]
2. Feliz Navidad (with Joy To The World) [Listen]
3. Christmas Makes Me Cry (Featuring Matthew West) [Listen]
4. Christmas Bell Medley (with Silver Bells, Carol Of The Bells, And Caroling, Caroling) [Listen]
5. Silent Night [Listen]
6. Angels We Have Heard On High [Listen]
7. Little Drummer Boy [Listen]
8. Christmas Day (Featuring Michael W. Smith) [Listen]
9. O Holy Night [Listen]
10. Mary's Little Boy Child [Listen]
11. Children Go Where I Send Thee [Listen]

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