STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 145680-21387 LABEL: Integrity 52782 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-10-28 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Although award-winning US worship artist Paul Baloche has had a long and fruitful career, his latest release marks his first ever Christmas project. As the title suggests, Baloche has chosen to introduce a praise element to Christmas music and therefore carols such as "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Joy To The World" are augmented by sections containing new melodies and lyrics to give a contemporary worship feel to proceedings. Original numbers like "What Can I Do" (co-written with Graham Kendrick) and a yuletide version of the Baloche stalwart "Your Name" offer up something new whilst the decision to share vocal duties on "This Is Love" (Kathryn Scott), "Follow That Star" (Aaron Shust) and "Prepare Him Room" (written by Baloche's wife Rita and sung by Jennifer Holm) all help to make this a varied release that pushes Christmas music forward whilst acknowledging the genre's glorious past.
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The three-time Dove Award-winning songwriter presents his first Christmas project, appropriately titled Christmas Worship.
As a local worship leader, Paul's goal was to create a Christmas album that would minister to and resource the church with unique arrangements by combining traditional carols with modern worship. The result is an album packed with accessible Christmas songs that help create a worship environment familiar to congregants and first-time visitors alike.