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Come Darkness Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas

Mary Chapin CarpenterAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This is a Christmas album worth listening to all year long. When Mary Chapin Carpenter set out to create Come Darkness, Come Light, she took a far different approach to recording a holiday album than most artists do. Rather than simply lending her voice to time-worn Christmas standards, Mary Chapin wrote her own set of heartfelt songs which explore the many meanings and emotions that Christmas evokes in each of us. These songs, mixed with a few hand-picked gems from other writers and rarely heard traditional tunes, will speak directly to the hearts of all Mary Chapin Carpenter fans. These are not merely holiday songs, they are simply great Mary Chapin Carpenter songs, both warm and intimate.

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical "Christmas" album -- way better! October 1, 2008
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All I can say is, WOW. This is one fantastic album.

First and foremost, this is a Mary Chapin Carpenter album, not a Christmas album. While the theme of the songs may be Christmas and holiday, it's an album I'll be listening to year 'round.

One of the great things about this album is that the majority of the material is not what you'd call "traditional" Christmas songs. Only three of the songs fall into the "traditional" category -- "Once In Royal David's City," "Still, Still, Still" and "Children, Go Where I Send Thee." And I can't name very many albums by popular artists that have included any of these three songs.

The rest of the material is "new" (meaning original songs written in the last couple of decades). Tommy Thompson's "Hot Buttered Rum" and Robin & Linda Williams' "On a Quiet Christmas Morn" are two of these "new" songs. Most of the rest of the songs were written by Mary Chapin Carpenter herself ("Christmas Time In the City" and "Bells Are Ringing" were co-written by MCC with John Jennings).

For me, the most fascinating inclusion on this album is John Rutter's "Candlelight Carol." I know this as a choral piece, and it's one of John Rutter's most melodic choral pieces. Mary Chapin Carpenter's version is simply superb, driving the duple meter while keeping the lullaby feel of the song.

Most MCC fans will recognize "Christmas Time In the City" and "Bells Are Ringing" -- both were previously released on various-artist Christmas compilations. But the versions on this CD are entirely new -- new acoustic arrangements, new vocals, and, in the case of "Christmas Time In the City," some new lyrics.

As far as the production of this album, this is bare-bones Mary Chapin Carpenter.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Christmas classic! October 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
As I grew up, my siblings and I would eagerly anticipate Thanksgiving, knowing that on the way home from my grandparent's house, my dad would finally let us listen to Christmas music. Growing up in a Christian home with a definitive country flair, our favorite Christmas albums were sung by Alabama and Amy Grant. And now, as I am listening to the album tonight, in early October, I am immediately transported back in time. It feels like December 24th.

I've always been a fan of Mary Chapin Carpenter, but it was always for her uptempo fun pieces. Lately, though, I've been more appreciative of her "chill" factor. I highly recommend this CD! It's definitely not a get up and dance to celebrate Christmas album, but it is certainly a contemplative chill way to celebrate the holiday. The arrangements perfectly compliment her lush, raspy alto -- whether the songs are brand new or tried and true traditional.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MCC at her best November 7, 2008
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So many vocalists tend to fulfill their recording contract obligations with bland or over the top holiday albums that end up in the recycling bin, but this cd is truly a gift of love from Mary Chapin Carpenter. You will find no rehashed versions of "Joy to the World", or "Little Drummer Boy", or no political bended songs which might be expected in a Chapin cd. What MCC delivers are wonderful interpretations of lesser known traditional songs and solid vocalizations of her own songs and contemporaries. The arrangements are light and Chapin"s vocals examine her rich alto. Jon Carrol's magnificent piano, John Jennings talented guitar stylings and other instruments, coupled with the Chapin vocals make this so much more than a Christmas album. This one has lifted my spirits during some bleak weeks, and I am grateful for that.
Highlights are the traditional' "Still, Still, Still," the contemplative "Thanksgiving Song" and MCC original "Christmas Carol" The title track" "Come Darkness, Come Light" and the Robin and Linda Williams song, "On A Quiet Christmas Morn". are my absolute favorites. There is something about this cd that reminds me of the soothing simplicity of Chapin's first cd ,Hometown Girl that is strangely familiar and comforting. I love this album. Give this one as a Thanksgiving gift. Your friends will appreciate the kind gesture.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glowing, warm Christmas music October 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
When I heard, earlier this year, that MCC was putting together a Christmas album, I made a mental note to look for it later. I'm a big fan of her work, and this album doesn't disappoint.

As another reviewer noted, this is first and foremost a Mary Chapin Carpenter album. If you're looking for Jingle Bells and Rudolph, keep looking; this is probably not the album for you. If, however, you are looking for something a little different, give this a listen. Soulful and reverent, warm and comforting, some of these songs bring tears to my eyes and give me goosebumps. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quiet masterpiece September 30, 2008
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This is obviously a labor of love, from MCC's own photographs of her New England farm, to the simple, heartfelt lyrics - both the original songs and the classics, to her elegant voice and arrangements. Lovely.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece October 7, 2008
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Mary Chapin Carpenter is the best artist that I've ever heard. I've been listening to her since I was a little kid. Her music inspires people and her music/lyrics can reach deep into your soul without even trying. This album is beautiful. The only thing I was a little upst with is that depending on where you buy the album, three bonus tracks include her version of Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy and Have yourself a Merry Little Chritmas. Unfortunatly I already downloaded the songs from Amazon and those bonus tracks are not available.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Come Darkness Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas
This is one of the finest contemporary Christmas CDs I have. I love all of Mary Chapin Carpenter's interpretations of the songs on this "eventually must-have Christmas... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nasty Jack Nasty
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CHOICE!
Published 2 months ago by RYLIE
5.0 out of 5 stars REALLY STRONG and GOOD
Mary is back big time, this is so smooth and I have played it for many friends and they agree it is GOOD.
Published 6 months ago by Betty A. Schanz
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this
I bought this originally at a second hand store, and liked it so much that I bought a new copy as a present. Read more
Published 6 months ago by woody21
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary-Chapin Carpenter a true vocal star!
Have always loved Mary-Chapin Carpenter. She has such a lovely clear, strong voice with such control. Very peaceful, relaxing album for a special time of year!
Published 7 months ago by Renae S. Karriker
5.0 out of 5 stars MCC is a wonderful artist.
Really enjoy the work and the voice of Mary-Chapin Carpenter. She's so soothing. She's a pleasure to listen to at anytime of the year.
Published 8 months ago by Patricia L. Heurtin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought twice
My daughter introduced me to this CD several years ago, and I downloaded the MP3 version immediately. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Stephanie L. Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy it year-round
We've had this album since it came out, purchased on CD, but I felt the need to leave a review. This is one of our favorite albums, period. Read more
Published 9 months ago by P. S. Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Different But Good
A little different than your usual Christmas songs, but I really like it. A little like folk music from days gone by.
Published 9 months ago by Craig L Cotsamire
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic cd
This is one of my favourite cds. There's nothing upbeat here unfortunately, but these songs are nonetheless very powerful and truely captivating. a real must have cd for Christmas
Published 12 months ago by Tracey Smith
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