Sandi Patty - O Holy Night

Sunday 1st December 1996
Sandi Patty - O Holy Night
Sandi Patty - O Holy Night

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
LABEL: Word 7019649602
RELEASE DATE: 1996-10-08
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Oh, I thought, as I slit open the cellophane, this is the album Word Inc were set to release last year before withdrawing it as revelations of the veteran CCM star's extra-marital affair hit the US Christian press. What's this in the CD box - "A Note From Sandi: Many of you will know that for years I've struggled..." Was this, I wondered, a heart felt confessional by a repentant fallen heroine? As I read on it became clear it wasn't. The note was a $25 off promotion for a Jenny Craig weight loss programme ("I've lost over 271bs already and I feel wonderful," gushed Sandi.). Oh well, on to the music. Carols we've heard a hundred times before ("Angels We Have Heard On High"), some secular Christmas ditties ("White Christmas", "Winter Wonderland") and even "My Favourite Things" from the Sound Of Music, all sung in that soaring, theatric soprano which some find deeply moving but on these hopelessly melodramatic orchestrations by Greg Nelson to me appeared mannered and teeth-gratingly gushing.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Angels We Have Heard On High [Listen]
2. Carol Of The Bells [Listen]
3. Home For The Holidays-I'll Be Home For Christmas [Listen]
4. White Christmas-Winter Wonderland [Listen]
5. O Holy Night! [Listen]
6. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day [Listen]
7. My Favorite Things [Listen]
8. Silver Bells [Listen]
9. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) [Listen]
10. Child Of Peace [Listen]
11. Star Of Bethlehem [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Mike in Louisville, KY @ 03:35 on Jun 11 2007

I realize this is an old review but I am shocked by the tone of Mr. Cummings review. Did Sandi make horrible choices? YES! Has she taken appropriate steps to seek healing and restoration with the body of Christ? YES!

Mr. Cummings, as a fellow brother in Christ, yours is the attitude that leaves me non-plussed with the Christian community.

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