O Holy Night
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O Holy Night

October 21, 2008

  Song Title
Star Of Wonder (Album Version) [Clean]
It's True (featuring Toby Groves) (Album Version) [Clean]
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Album Version) [Clean]
O Holy Night [Clean]
To Be With You (Album Version) [Clean]
Angels We Have Heard On High (Album Version) [Clean]
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Album Version) [Clean]
Toy Packaging (Album Version) [Clean]
Peace Peace (Album Version) [Clean]
A Cradle In Bethlehem (Album Version) [Clean]
Silent Night (Album Version) [Clean]
Go Tell It On The Mountain (Album Version) [Clean]

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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,206 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Album 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas music June 30, 2009
By Rena
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars O Holy Night October 17, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The more you listen, the more you love! November 17, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
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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5.0 out of 5 stars What you would expect from Sara Groves February 4, 2014
By Brenda
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Sara Groves :) January 10, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. I bought it, expecting it to have "Breath of Heaven" on it and was disappointed to discover it did not have that song, but I ended up enjoying this CD so much, I didn't really mind.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best album, but interesting December 31, 2013
By Chab
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New melodies on classic Christmas lyrics; interesting concept but the melodies are not always that catchy. Perhaps a good buy for fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Toy Packaging October 5, 2013
By barbra
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This has got to be one of my favorite Christmas CD's. I fell in love with Toy Packaging from the start. The song gives a word picture of what really happens during Christmas time. The catchy tune that goes along with it is great as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So Grateful for Sara Groves
Sara Groves is pitch-perfect in her rendering of the Christmas story for the world-weary heart. I love every track and the album as a whole.
Published 15 months ago by MerryLark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to my Holiday Music collection!
I love Christmas music - every time I heard Sara Groves on my Pandora Holiday station, it got my attention so I had to check it out. Read more
Published 16 months ago by jBee
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful version from Sara
Not overdone, not underdone, just right!
It's hard to remake a classic song we all know from Christmas after Christmas, but Sara has done a fine job with her version.
Published 16 months ago by GayboyJax
5.0 out of 5 stars Saras christmas CD
I very much enjoy this CD. Eventhough many of the songs on this CD are overplayed and sung"Christmas Songs"(which I have come to really dislike because I've monotonously rehearsed... Read more
Published 23 months ago by BGarlock
4.0 out of 5 stars O Holy Night, Sara Groves
Beautiful voice, more of a folk-art style of music, interesting arrangements to familiar christmas songs, a nice addition to the christmas collection
Published on February 4, 2012 by Karla M. Hurlbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gorgeous.
I just lover her soothing, relaxed voice, and her arrangements of a number of classic Christmas carols really bring a fresh twist to them. Read more
Published on December 14, 2010 by Victorian1887
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is awesome
I am a huge fan of Christmas music and have quite the collection. This album has some songs in it that are at the top of my list. Read more
Published on November 11, 2010 by Brady B. Haws
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Groves "O Holy Night"
This is one of my favorite Christmas CD's. Sarah sings like an angel! I listen to it over and over again. It has now replaced all my other Christmas tunes! Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by L. F. Kruger
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