STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 159583-26810 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Stephen Luff
Worcestershire-based Carol will of course be fondly remembered for the numerous worship projects as half of Colin and Carol Owen and more recently she recorded an album with renowned guitarist Gordon Giltrap. This six-track seasonal collection is in aid of St Richard's Hospice also based in Worcester. It is clear that Carol's vast experience over the years is reflected here in all the songs, although her songwriting is only present in two tracks. The title track looks at the Christmas story from the perspective of the main participants and addressing the reality of the event. "Saviour" closes the collection challenging the listener over the meaning of Christmas. In between are traditional carols and songs such as "Mary Did You Know" and "In The Bleak". The songs are simple in arrangements allowing Carol's beautiful voice and instruments such as the violin, harmonica and accordion to shine. This is an enjoyable, intimate collection that makes a nice change from the usual disposable output that is pumped out during the season.
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