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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: La Face
  • ASIN: B001E5PPHS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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Their take on Silent Night is the best I've ever heard.
Donald M. Hankins
This album provides a nice mix of traditional and original songs, with fresh takes on some classics.
JoshiDx
I am pleased with my purchase and would buy more from this group.
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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 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lainey on December 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the better Christmas CD's out there right now, wish it had more songs though.
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By Been There Done That on October 28, 2009
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I bought this last year to add to my Christmas collection of background music for the holidays, and added it to my 300+ song selection rotation mix. Her warm vocals drew the most inquiries and plenty of favorable comments (as in, ooo where did you get that?).

"Angels We Have Heard On High" and "Christmas for Two" were well received. Personally I found "Christmas Island" to be the weakest track.

Still, 5 stars and my best wishes to the duo (yes they read these reviews). Can we expect another mix this year just in time for Christmas? :)
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on October 26, 2008
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Usually Christmas albums don't do much for me. Often the most songs sound uninspired and halfhearted. Though I am a big of Sixpence, my hopes for the album were not very high.

I did know "Angels We Have Heard on High" from the band's Myspace site, and I found their version very original and beautiful - but a whole album . . .

Matt Slocum wrote the second track "The Last Christmas", and it's a great song, like most of his, and it does not sound very much like a Christmas song anyway.

Next two tracks are traditionals; though not quite as good as "Angels" "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" - an acoustic guitar up front and Leigh Nash's beautiful vocals give the song the crunchy sound that characterize many of SNTR's finest recordings.

"Silent Night" must have been recorded thousands of times, and who would would need one more version; sounds like a project bound to fail - but the band proves this to be wrong. Acoustic guitars upfront like on "Emmanuel", but what makes a difference in this case is that it turns out to be a duet between Nash and Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay. This works great - a little like Simon and Garfunkel's "Six O'Clock News".

"Riu Riu Chiu", sung in Spanish, is nice, but one of the more forgettable tracks; "Carol of the Bells" continues in the same vein. Nice but nothing more.

The Schmaltzy "Christmas Island" is simply not my cup of tea - might have worked for Mama Cass - the weakest track on the album.

"River", which apart from the brief "Jingle Bells" line doesn't sound like a Chritmas tune at all. The song is a sad moving highlight on the album, which generally has a very light and bright atmosphere. The song was written by Joni Mitchell.
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