Amy Grant - A Christmas To Remember

Wednesday 1st December 1999
Amy Grant - A Christmas To Remember
Amy Grant - A Christmas To Remember

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Myrrh 080688600723
RRP: £13.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

With her traditional Christmas tour happening with Point Of Grace and Michael W Smith, Am Grant moves forward out of the debris of her divorce from Gary Chapman with a shrewd move - a Christmas album. No need for soul searching songs that publicly air the pain she MUST be feeling and the fan and media scrutiny that would accompany such a release. Instead, a retreat into the safety of a Christmas album with all its warmth of feeling. Expertly produced by Michael Omartian, this is Amy's third Christmas release (soon she'll run out of songs to record!). this one is more showbiz than previous releases with the emphasise on festive tunes like 'Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away', 'Mister Santa', 'Jingle Bell Rock' (both very Manhattan Transfer) rather than the usual round of carols. Having said that, there's a beautiful version of 'Silent Night' and a stonking classical arrangement of Michael W Smith's 'Agnus Dei'. A safe warm career move to keep Amy in the public eye, this album is nice enough but not a classic.

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Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 15:55 on Sep 11 2010

This is probably my fave Christmas project by Amy; the title song A Christmas to Remember,and Christmas Can't be Very far Away became fast favorites. I like her remake of Mister Santa. Til the Season Comes Round Again, how beautifully done! Vince Gill's background just adds to the reflectiveness of the song: what a great song to finish the cd. GOD Bless--- Don

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