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How Many Kings: Songs For Christmas

How Many Kings: Songs For Christmas

January 12, 2010

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 8, 2010
  • Release Date: January 8, 2010
  • Label: Centricity Music (CEY)
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Centricity Music
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  • Total Length: 44:33
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  • ASIN: B0031R5YG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,929 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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And remakes of classics always seem so... copycatted.
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This is probably my most favorite Christmas song of all time.
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They played songs from this Christmas album How Many Kings.
Holly

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2009
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I hadn't given much thought to what kind of Christmas CD downhere might produce, but I got excited when I found out that release was on the way. My faith was rewarded with a great disc.

It's really no surprise that downhere included the two songs from the group CD "Bethlehem Skyline" from a few years back. While "Glory to God" is a fine song, it has never grabbed me. The same can't be said of their modern Christmas classic, "How Many Kings." It opens and closes the disc. If somehow you've missed it, it marvels in the facts of Christmas, God becoming man. The first version is the one we've been enjoying for a few years now, but the second one is a complete reimagining. They emphasis strings and the harmonies, making it sound very different.

Other new songs include the reminder that Christmas is about how God has changed our hearts in "Christmas in Our Hearts" and "Gift Carol" is about God's gift of Jesus to us. I especially love that second one.

The rest of the tracks may be traditional songs, but they certainly aren't familiar. True, they play it mostly safe with songs such as "Silent Night" and "Angels from the Realms of Glory," but the true delights are the others. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" has been turned into a rock anthem, and Marc and Jason's vocals compliment each other so well here. "What Child is This?" is brought to life by more great harmonies and just some acoustic guitar.

And then there are the moments that are just plain fun. "Five Golden Rings" never fails to make me laugh as it passes by (quite quickly since it is just 11 seconds). "Good King Wenceslas" is a funky version that makes this little recorded version stand out (I'm still trying to decide if I like it or not).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2009
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I don't ever listen to "new" Christmas music. It all seems so cheesy. And remakes of classics always seem so... copycatted. This album, though, has both and they are not only well done but well-thought-out. The title track, How Many Kings, is so honest and musically talented. I love this CD and it's been playing in my cd player for a while... I can't imagine being sick of it by CHristmas.

Good King Wenceslas is my favorite!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Holly on January 18, 2010
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Words cannot express how much I love Downhere and this album. I saw them perform live at my parents' church. They played songs from this Christmas album How Many Kings. The first Christmas album I could honestly say I wouldn't mind listening to all year long. One of the great things with this group is the two lead singers. Jason has a deep smooth voice and Marc's is like glass, clear and when he hits those high notes it takes you back Freddie Mercury...Somehow they have managed to work both these different sounds into their songs and picked the right voice for the right song. When Jason is singing, they throw Marc's voice in at the right times to accent I and vice versa, when Marc is lead singing, Jason's voice perfectly accents Marc's. Like Silent Night... Now for this album keeping with their rocking sound, with words that that inspire, words that meaning, words that touch the soul like How Many Kings...They've also jazzed up old favorites Like Good King Wenceslas, it makes want to stamp my fee! And 5 Gold Rings while is only 10 secs. Long never fails to make me laugh! And Christmas in Our Hearts brings us back to what's really about--goodwill towards men....This would definitely be a welcomed, refreshing addition to your Christmas, year-long collection of Christian music. The songs grow on you. Since I've bought this CD and listened to it the first time, I keep going to back to and singing along out loud with these songs. Buy it! You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Robbins on October 6, 2009
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Christmas albums are tricky, especially when they come out at the beginning of October. Admittedly, I wasn't quite ready to dig into Downhere's new one, How Many Kings, this early. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas music, but I tend to wait until after Thanksgiving to really break it out in full force. Since Christmas music relies heavily on connecting with the feelings/emotions of the holiday season, it takes really good music to entertain outside of that season.

That's what this album is - really good music.

The title track kicks things off, asking rhetorical questions about the number of kings and lords that have been willing to leave their positions of honor. Christ is exalted for his humility in the incarnation. Solid opener.

A couple traditional tunes follow, as the band livens up "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (excellent treatment) and slows things down with "Angels From the Realms of Glory." Other traditional songs include "Silent Night," a fantastic acoustic version of "What Child Is This" and a quirky version of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." These songs are familiar, but the guys are able to make them feel fresh with their creative musicianship.

By far my favorite song on the album, however, was "Good King Wenceslas," a familiar song that's never included on Christmas collections. The piano riff used here is perfect, transforming an old hymn into a modern rock tune. The contrast of the instrumentation and vocal style with the antiquated language of the song is amazing and almost makes this album worth purchasing by itself in my opinion. I haven't enjoyed the musicality of a Christmas song that much in a while.

"Glory to God" and "Gift Carol," two original tunes, were also solid.
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