O Holy Night

October 21, 2008 | Format: MP3

$9.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 17, 2008
  • Release Date: October 17, 2008
  • Label: Ino/Columbia
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  • Total Length: 40:32
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  • ASIN: B001I9QXKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,784 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Her voice is pure and simple but very, very good.
Holly
Sara Groves is pitch-perfect in her rendering of the Christmas story for the world-weary heart.
MerryLark
This is a fabulous CD, especially if you like traditional Christmas carols re-interpreted.
Margaret L. Anderson

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Troy McClure on November 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I actually would like to rate this album 4.5 stars. It's not perfect, but its highs pull it towards 5 stars more than its lows pull it towards four stars.

I often think that artists tread upon dangerous ground when they alter the melodies of all-time favorite hymns and carols. Sometimes it works (see Fernando Ortega), often it doesn't. Sara Groves alters the melodies of several standard carols on this album, and I have to say, the results are fabulous. They are actually the strength of the album in my opinion. In particular I found "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" to be excellent renditions that I am excited to add to my Christmas music rotation.

In addition to the standard carols, there are also a handful of original songs. I don't have anything against original tunes on a Christmas album, but I often find them to be inferior to the standard carols (I have to admit, I'm a sucker for all the carol favorites). On this album I had a range of reactions to the various original tunes. Most of them I would put in the "actually pretty good" category, but one of them - "To Be With You" - is as beautiful and any Christmas carol out there. It will definitely be in the rotation for Christmases to come.

The reason why I would give it 4.5 stars instead of 5 stars is because there are, in my opinion, a couple clunkers on the album. Of course, music is all a matter of personal preference, so don't let this criticism keep you from checking out this album. Specifically, I found the original song "It's True" to be a bit treacly for me, and the song "Toy Packaging," while kind of quirky and fun, is also a little too, I don't know, quirky and fun for my tastes. But of course, that's just my tastes.

On the whole though, I highly recommend this album. It's one of the best to come out in recent memory.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rena on June 30, 2009
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This Christmas CD does have some well-known songs as well as some original songs, but beware if you like traditional tunes this may not be the CD for you. Sara came up with her own arrangements/music for traditional songs. They are good, but I was a bit disappointed because I am one of those weirdos who likes to have twenty different Christmas CDs all with the same songs, same tunes, just different voices.
Update: My original review was four stars, but I upgraded to five. I was disappointed at first when I realized these were not traditional arrangements. But these versions quickly became favorites. Sara Groves is very talented and I love pretty much everything she does. This collection of songs is no exception. This past year I listened to this Christmas CD more than any other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Pearson on October 17, 2009
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I completely love this cd. I love Sara Grove's music, but wasn't sure I wanted this cd; just because I didn't think I needed another cd of the same Christmas songs. My husband gave this to me last Christmas. I downloaded it to my ipod and listened, on our way "home" to be with family. The songs settled a joy and peace in my spirit and attitude. This in turn got my focus on the true meaning of Christmas-God and the peace and hope He delivered through his son Jesus. Recently, I have been listening to the songs in a shuffle and they always lighten my burdens and give me strength for the day. Thanks Sara!!!! I've just ordered your new album!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Ellis on November 17, 2011
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This is a Christmas album that has grown and grown on me. I got it the year it came out, and I can honestly say it is now one of my very favorites. My sister and I have talked about it and decided -- it's more like a Sara Groves album with a Christmas theme. Sometimes I get a hankering to listen to the songs in July -- for real! In a way, it's timeless because the story of Christmas is timeless.

The song "It's True" is beautiful. It makes me want to cry. She so captures the fantastic, magical idea of a baby coming to save creation -- but it's not magic -- "It's true". And I love her fun, light song "Toy Packaging" and "To Be with You" is such a heartfelt song about family. She's great. The album is great. I think I've bought at least three copies to give away as gifts. Enjoy!
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It was only relatively recently that I discovered Sara Groves and her music. Her year-round albums are great (she's an excellent songwriter with a nice voice), so I decided to listen to her Christmas album. Sara has made this album her own by using her own arrangements and introducing a few new songs - If what you want is an album where all the songs are familiar and all of them are sung the "normal" way, you might be a little disappointed. On the bright side, these alternate arrangements are easy to get used to, keep the Christmas spirit, and are not THAT different (they're not weird versions that sound nothing like the original tune). An excellent choice if you want to hear Sara and her own interpretations of the original carols, along with a few new songs she has written.
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If you've ever looked forward to listening to your favorite artist's Christmas project only to be disappointed by the apparent lack of effort or creativity, you are not alone. Be of good cheer. O Holy Night by Sara Groves is not one of those Christmas Albums. This collection of both new songs and classic Christmas songs has been thoughtfully produced and is just what you might hope for from Sara Groves. The instruments as well as Sara's voice are melodic and peaceful. However, for those of us who know Sara's music well, it will come as no surprise to find one cutesy, highly irritating song. On this album that song is "Toy Packaging". You can easily remove this song from your iPod and you will love the rest of the album.
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