Michael W Smith - The Christmas Collection

Thursday 14th October 2004
Michael W Smith - The Christmas Collection
Michael W Smith - The Christmas Collection

STYLE: Pop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11839-18839
LABEL: Reunion 602341009126
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 2
RRP: £9.99


Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Sometimes Christmas marketing is easy. Take two catalogue albums from one of CCM's most enduring talents, 1989's 'Christmas' and 1998's 'Christmastime'. Put them in a slipcase. And watch as Christian bookstores ring up new sales by the tens of thousands. But what about the music? In truth, Michael's two Christmas efforts are veritable curates' eggs. On 'Christmas' the classical influences on some of the orchestrations work well with Michael's elegant piano, the heavenly appearances of the boys choir and an intriguing selection of ancient and modern material, all engaging the listener. At times though Ronn Huff's arrangements are overblown and Michael's singing swamped in saccharine embellishment. The same can be said of some tracks on 'Christmastime' with the CCM star adding nothing new in the carol medleys while his duet with Sandi Patty on "Christmas Waltz" is pure cornball. If that's bad, Michael's grotesque rendition of "Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells" will quickly make discerning music buffs rush from the room. But there are a few classical-influenced moments to enjoy. All in all, neither album really shows off the gifted singer/songwriter in a very favourable light.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Overture - O Come All Ye Faithful [Listen]
2. Lux Venit [Listen]
3. Anthem For Christmas [Listen]
4. First Snowfall [Listen]
5. Christ The Messiah [Listen]
6. No Eye Had Seen [Listen]
7. All Is Well [Listen]
8. Memoirs- A Trilogy The Voice, Good King Wenceslaus, Hark The Herald Angels Sing [Listen]
9. Gloria [Listen]
10. Silent Night [Listen]
11. Carols Sing
12. (Medley) I Saw Three Ships

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Product Description
For the very first time two of Michael W Smith's classic Christmas albums are available together in this excellent value double CD set.
'Christmas', his first album, features beautiful original songs like 'Christ the Messiah' along with traditional favourites like 'Silent night' and 'O come all ye faithful'.
On 'Christmastime', Michael re-creates timeless Christmas carols and songs accompanied by the London Symphony and top class musicians.
A superb collection of Christmas music.

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