Darrell North - Have A Good Christmas

Published Tuesday 13th December 2011
Darrell North - Have A Good Christmas
Darrell North - Have A Good Christmas

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 120529-18747
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Gill

The latest from the retired American lawman turned independent Christian music artist is an instrumental Christmas project. Darrell planned and created 'Have A Good Christmas' with the aim of providing comfort for those seeking solace. It would not be out of place as a background to contemplation and relaxation. The album comes without the over-produced commercial sweetness that fills many of the contemporary offerings to be found this time of year. The music comes from a minimum of instruments - mainly guitars and piano. From an aesthetic point of view, some songs do sound alike, and welcome in future productions would be more variation in tone, rhythm and colouring but each track is tastefully arranged and the production is satisfactory though uninspiring. The end result doesn't reach the highs and lows that grab the hearer's attention but while it is unimaginative it does create a backdrop that is pleasant and agreeable. Among the tracks listed are 10 Yuletide evergreens and two original compositions - "Christmas Slumber" and "Christmas Frost".

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Reader Comments

Posted by Clovis Yarnall in Rockport, Texas @ 20:44 on Dec 16 2011

I love this album, not only because it contains wonderful Christmas memories for me and my wife but because of the way the songs are done. North's style is unobtrusive and unique. I have heard a lot of guitar playing in my time but North's style is quite delicate and different from any I have listened to before. The original songs on the album are quickly becoming my favorites. I recommend this album to anyone who appreciates great guitar playing.

Posted by Darrell in Kansas @ 16:05 on Dec 13 2011

Guitar players are a “dime a dozen.” This compassionate guitar player might be part of that dozen. Hope not! What was this artist trying to accomplish with this Christmas album? Christmas music has been played thousands of ways. A guitar, like any other instrument, takes on the personality of the musician. The way each note is played has a purpose. The artist feels compassion and strength with each stroke of the finger against the strings. The sound of the strings here are different from other guitar players, i.e.; the transitions from one note to the other, cry for their space on the staff and want to be held by the heart. The sounds created conjure wonderful times gone by. Hold the hand of the one you love and make your time now. Life is fleeting…………….God Bless you all.

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