The Crossing - The Court Of A King: A Celtic Christmas Celebration

Tuesday 1st December 1998
The Crossing - The Court Of A King: A Celtic Christmas Celebration

STYLE: Celtic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Grrr GRRD3525
RRP: £10.99

Reviewed by Steve Lawson

The Crossing are part of the Jesus People USA community, best known as home to CR's own Glenn Kaiser. They've been ploughing ahead with the own brand of acoustic Celtic folk for many a year now, and stylistically, 'The Court Of A King' breaks no new ground. However, that's not really the point with traditional folk, and it's a style that they do rather well, in a Fairport Convention kind of way. Christmas classics like "In Dulci Jubilo" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" are placed next to more obscure material in a pleasant mix of up tempo stompers and minor key dirges. It took me a while to get my head round the idea of a bunch of Americans doing Celtic folk, but when you think about it, it's no stranger than the thousands of UK pop singers who affect a mid Atlantic accent to try and sound a bit more rock 'n' roll! As an alternative to the majority of saccharine sweet CCM Christmas albums, this album comes as a breath of fresh air.

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Posted by Becca Skrainka in St Louis, MO @ 17:29 on Nov 14 2013

I love the Crossing's "The Court of the King" and would like to purchase several more copies, but it does not come up as purchasable on the Website. Any suggestions?

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