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Amy Grant: A Christmas Album
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STEREO VINYL LP! Amy Grant: A Christmas Album! 1983 Myrrh Records Release! TRACKS: A1. Tennessee Christmas; A2. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; A3. Preiset Dem König! (Praise the King); A4. Emmanuel; A5. Little Town; A6. Christmas Hymn; B1. Love Has Come; B2. Sleigh Ride; B3. Christmas Song (Chestnuts); B4. Heirlooms; & B5. A Mighty Fortress / Angels We Have Heard On High
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The album is packed with beautiful songs that one can listen to over and over again and never tire. A few traditional songs on there, but the ones that are "new" are like old friends to me now, as they are to my niece. They are our "oldie" favorites now.
"Tennessee Christmas" is warm and pleasant, with guitars and a bit of country flavor. Lovely original tune -- never ceases to make me smile. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is gorgeous -- full orchestra effect, plus a chorus. "Praise the King" and "Emmanuel" feature that 80s synth sound that you'll either hate or love. I can't deny that I love the arrangements -- very exciting and fun to listen to. I often wish that they were recorded with more traditional and timeless instruments.
I love how "Emmanuel" segues into "Little Town of Bethlehem," a stirring and unique rendition of the old Yuletide favorite. (It's a wonder how Amy Grant manages to take such classics and jazz them up without making them sound horrible and ridiculous.) The next song, "Christmas Hymn," is magnificent, full, and rich, with great piano and chorus; on the whole, a bit forgettable, but definitely well-crafted and enjoyable.
One of my favorites, too -- synth notwithstanding -- is "Love Has Come." It always makes me want to stand up and sing (and sometimes, when I'm sure nobody is looking or watching, I do)! The way that Grant and co. use dynamics in conjunction with statements of faith really makes this song pop out from the rest of the collection.
"Sleigh Ride" is your typical arrangement... not all that different from the slew of other "Sleigh Rides" out there. Still pretty fun, though -- so merry and peppy that you can't help but tap your toe to it. "The Christmas Song" and "Heirlooms" usually fly right under my radar -- sweet, but not really all that striking. When they play, I always forget that they're on.
The album ends on "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God/Angels We Have Heard on High," which is quite effective. When the song sweeps up into the hopeful refrains of "Angels We Have Heard on High," it sends you out with high spirits and fills you with a lovely warmth. Perfect end to a great album.
To the uninitiated, it's worth a try. The only thing that keeps this album from timelessness is that goofy synth -- which is never poorly done, by the by, but may prove irritating to some. As for me, I feel like this album is worth every dollar -- it's well-crafted, and lots of fun, and Amy Grant's voice is awesome.