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The Dawn of Grace

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1. Angels We Have Heard on High
2. The Last Christmas
3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
4. Silent Night
5. Riu Riu Chiu
6. Carol of the Bells
7. Christmas Island
8. River
9. Christmas for Two
10. Some Children See Him

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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: La Face
  • ASIN: B001E5PPHS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JoshiDx on October 16, 2008
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I have always been impressed with Sixpence None the Richer's ability to put out quality albums, and when I heard that they would be putting out a Christmas album I was excited to hear the results. I was not disappointed. This album provides a nice mix of traditional and original songs, with fresh takes on some classics. "Silent Night" features Dan Haseltine from the band Jars of Clay singing response parts, creating a unique take on a song that has been recorded countless times through the years. "Riu Riu Chiu" is a traditional 16th century Spanish Christmas carol, and Leigh Nash performs it excellently in its original language. Those in addition to great original songs such as "The Last Christmas" and "Christmas for Two" make this is a great Christmas album from a very talented group. I definitely recommend giving it a listen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2009
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After their 2002 album "Divine Discontent" did not do as well commercially as hoped for, Sixpence None the Richer called is a day in 2003, and lead singer Leigh Nash and guitarist-songwriter Matt Slocum went their separate ways. Leigh released a decent solo album in 2006 ("Blue on Blue") but it clearly lacked the spark that Matt's songs have provided for her before. In 2008 the news circulated that Leigh and Matt were once again recording together, and this album is the first result from that.

"The Dawn of Grace" (10 tracks; 35 min.) is another one of what I'll call modern Christmas albums (more on that later). The album is a mix of traditional Christmas songs and newly written Christmas songs and covers. The album's opener "Angels We have Heard on High" is simply stunning, a lush audio landscape with Leigh's warm vocals, wow. It is followed by "The Last Christmas", penned by Matt, and it;s another favorite of mine on here. The only song on the first half of the album that misfires for me (and hence 'only' 4 stars for this album) is "Silent Night", one of those Christmas songs that is so well known that you really can't add anything creatively to it. The second half contains one more traditional song, the pleasant "Carol of the Bells". The album then closes out with 4 modern songs, including the deliciously tongue-in-cheek "Christmas Island" (reminding me of Over the Rhine), the Joni Mitchell cover "River" which is done beautifully, "Christmas for Two", co-written by Leigh, and the album closer "Come Children See Him", an obscure Christmas song form the 50s.

In all, I can't emphasize enough how I really like this album. At 35 min., it clips by in no time and you'll find yourself playing this again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa J. on December 20, 2008
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I almost didn't purchase this. I love SNTR, but I just wasn't too much into Christmas this year. I'm so glad I changed my mind. The CD is just perfection - there's really nothing else to say.
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I won't lie. I thought this would be a very different album. A few more classics. A few more new ones. And some songs that would really showcase Leigh Nash's vocal talents. And, not to mention, some overall joyful Christmas songs to enjoy the season.

What I got wasn't at all bad. But it was just a little different than expected. Here's what I got:

You can see the song list here (copied from Wikipedia)

"Angels We Have Heard on High" - 4:15
"The Last Christmas" (Matt Slocum, Steve Hindalong) - 3:12
"O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" - 3:06
"Silent Night" (featuring Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay) - 4:28
"Riu Riu Chiu" - 3:06
"Carol of the Bells" - 2:24
"Christmas Island" (Lyle Moraine)- 2:33
"River" (Joni Mitchell)- 3:57
"Christmas for Two" (Leigh Nash, Kate York) - 3:09
"Some Children See Him" (Alfred Burt)- 4:14

Some classics. Some new ones. They're all quite good. I loved River. I despised Christmas Island (I might one day make a copy of the CD without that song -- it's just too different from the CD to fit very well). A lot of the songs, especially toward the end of the CD, start to sound pretty sad. Lonesome, unhappy and relationship-breaking sadness.

I intended to listen to the CD to enjoy the high spirits of Christmas. Instead, it's been an excellent soundtrack for those lower points of the season. When you're missing a loved one or wishing you could get away, give it a play. Nash's amazingly gifted voice is enough to set the world right, if only for just 35 minutes.
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By Timothy Iaconis on December 25, 2009
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I absolutely love Christmas and the music surrounding this marvelous season of joy. Each year I start a search for a new Christmas CD to add to my collection. I generally base my search on finding a new rendition of my favorite song "Oh come oh come Emmanuel" Let me tell you, Leigh and Six Pence None the Richer's "Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel" is fresh, vibrant yet still retains the traditional melody of this classic Christmas song. I also liked "Riu Riu Chiu" which according to a prior reviewer is a traditional 16th century Spanish Christmas carol, very nice song indeed. Leigh musical talent is showcased in that she sung this song to perfection in it original language. Another great song was the last entry on the CD titled "Some Children See Him" which Leigh sings in the voice of an angle.

All in all this is an instant winner in my humble opinion and a must buy for anyone looking on adding to their Christmas music collection.
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