STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 1441-1851 LABEL: Word 180688599324 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £10.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Cross Rhythms has long acknowledged that this toothsome foursome possess flawless pop voices able to soar and shimmer in near perfect examples of uplifting radio friendly pop. But on this, they climb on board the bandwagon, make that the sleigh, to turn in a desperately unimaginative Christmas album. Producer Brown Bannister works hard to ring the changes in the arrangements, but succeeds only in contributing fussy embellishments to the proud elegance of "Angels We Have Heard On High" while the rendition of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" is gushingly vacuous enough to sound like it came from a pre-war Christmas movie. A Chris Eaton Christmas original is a rare moment of relief from the slush, but it's way too little. Cross Rhythms has often commented about Nashville's unrelenting determination, each Yuletide, to saddle their best singing talents with cringe worthy Christmas albums, but still these cloying renditions of over-exposed carols and ghastly Santa songs continues. To reduce the wonder of the incarnation into such trivial and trivialising music is profoundly depressing.
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