Marilla Ness - The Sweet Sounds Of Christmas

Friday 1st December 1995
Marilla Ness - The Sweet Sounds Of Christmas
Marilla Ness - The Sweet Sounds Of Christmas

STYLE: Orchestral
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Merciful Love Music MLM114
RRP: £13.98

Reviewed by Tony May

Everything a Christmas CD should be. No flash, no showing off, the priority is to bring out the full beauty and spirituality of each song. Having said that, it's good to hear Marilla attempting material that's more demanding than the praise choruses she has usually recorded. Her version of such difficult songs as "O Holy Night" shows that she can take these in her stride with as much ease and grace as the simpler stuff. You know, it has to be yet another 10 out of 10 and I am not apologising. Neither do I get free hols at their country estate on Loch Ness. It's just that I cannot imagine any way to improve the product. If pushed, I might point to a somewhat uneasy performance of "Little Drummer Boy" which I would put down to a slight awareness in Manila's mind that it's quite a daft song. Exemplary backing and soaring over it all one of the most beautiful voices you will ever hear. A rare recording - a Christmas album you'll want to play 12 months of the year.

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Posted by Terry Webb in Cape Town @ 14:23 on Jan 24 2011

I have just bought The Rosary from our Catholic bookshop and I think she is fantastic - What a pleasure to listen to such a sweet sounding voice - God bless - Best wishes - Terry

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