Matthew West - Unto Us: A Christmas Collection

Published Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Matthew West - Unto Us: A Christmas Collection
Matthew West - Unto Us: A Christmas Collection

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 162970-24331
LABEL: Capitol
RRP: £6.49

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The American songsmith said recently, "As a songwriter, I tend to write a few new Christmas songs every year. It's always a way for me to reconnect with the greatest story ever told - the birth of a Saviour." This, Matthew's second full-length Christmas project, features five brand-new recordings and five which have already been heard on earlier releases. Pride of place goes to the title track which is joyful and reverential - Christmas worship in fact. The CCM hitmaker also makes a good fist of some carol evergreens like "The First Noel" and "O Holy Night" although you will never convince me that "Jingle Bells" is a song West, or anyone else for that matter, needs to record. There are no classic West compositions like "Hello My Name Is" or "Family Tree" on this set let alone a modern Christmas gem of the standard of Greene/Lowry's "Mary Did You Know". But then neither does a listen to 'Unto Us' give the impression that we sometimes get with CCMers releasing their regulation Christmas albums - that they are simply going through the moneymaking motions. Matthew LOVES Christmas and that is skilfully conveyed.

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