STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 146182-21242 LABEL: Fervent 080688867027 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-10-22 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Tim Holden
Christmas albums have a tendency to get a bit stereotyped, but this album from the Nashville CCM hitmakers manages to avoid the worst excesses but still have a jolly feel. The opening Bible reading from the Charlie Brown cartoon set the scene nicely flowing into a folk rock romp "What A Glorious Night". The neo doowoop version of "White Christmas" is effective though it has to be said that its arrangement is lifted straight from a Drifters '50s classic in the same way that Art Garfunkel once copied the Flamingos' "I Only Have Eyes For You". The album intersperses well known favourites with self-written Christmas songs. "Have Yourself A Merry Christmas" and "Silent Night" both get sensitive versions but the highlights are the yuletide originals. "Hey Moon" with its minimal accompaniment, catchy tune and clever perspective and the title track with its infectious rhythm are both standout tracks. A well above average Christmas album that will be played for years to come.
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"From the very beginning of recording Merry Christmas To You, our goal as a band has been to create an album that families can make Christmas memories to. We really want children to be able to dance around the tree in holiday cheer and we want parents to be able to reflect by the fireplace, all while sipping hot chocolate while the album plays in the background. Above all, we want to celebrate the birth of Christ, the giver of the greatest gift - our salvation. Our goal was to make an album that's fun, timeless and catchy - so much so, that you couldn't help but start it all over again after the final song played.
"Our prayer is that families will use this record to create wonderful Christmas memories. We're honoured to be a small part of your celebration during the best time of the year." - Sidewalk Prophets