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2007 holiday release from the Alternative Christian rockers. Their 10th album overall, this multi-platinum and Grammy-winning Nashville-based band serve up a stocking full of traditional and original Christmas tunes. 14 tracks including 'God Rest, Ye Merry Gentlemen', 'Gabriel's Message', 'Wonderful Christmastime', 'O Little Town Of Bethlehem' and more. RCA.
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Of the original material the song "Peace Is Here" is a wonderful, Spirit-infused piece of Christ Mass (worship). It's is probably my favorite of the album. Other original songs, some of which aren't celebrating Christmas so much as they are a shivery white winter, fit the project fairly well with the exception (IMO) of "Evergreen" with its downturned, slightly out of tune notes and feel.
Of the covers the Clay men do a wonderful and affectionate and bright version of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime".
Of the traditionals several were chosen that were unknown to me like "Gabriel's Message", a big cathedral hymnal type of song. But the known songs, such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem", were given a worshipful but almost electronica treatment where the music has a slight buzzy energy and clear worhsipful vocals and hums. I liked them very much though they aren't necessarily my favorite versions of these well-known and oft repeated Christmas songs. And, perhaps as an "of course", they included their popular fan favorite version of "The Little Drummer Boy". Always enjoyed.
So in summary this wintery Christmas inspired CD offers much more than an off-the-rack Christmas CD that you might buy. It will be reflective, celebratory, and worshipful. Thanks to those JoCs who continue to put out one fine release after another. Keep up the inspired work.
Another album I would recommend if you like this one is "My Holiday" by Mindy Smith. Her style is not all that different from Jars of Clay.
Last year my wife and I bought Sarah McLachlan's album "Wintersong", and found it to definitely be our favorite Christmas album; however, our only criticism was that at times it seems to be on the more depressing side of music, where Christmas songs should be joyful! But even in that she seems to capture the meditative importance of Christmas (God will use whom He will). But I echo the sentiments of others that Christmas songs should be joyful in that Christ was born! There are few things to celebrate as much as that (and they all have to do with Him, of course).
In the case of this Jars of Clay album, there is a real joy in Christmas music without succumbing to a real, for lack of a better term, cheesiness or fluffiness that accompanies almost every modern day Christmas album. Although it is true that the back half of the album is at times too slow, I never got the sense that the joy was lost, and like all Jars albums, it is always very deep, even when they are having fun.
Having said that, I can also understand the desire to have Christmas albums sung with a certain anonymity, and for the most part I too enjoy that aspect of it; but I have come to realize over the years that Jars write with a signature that is fundamental to who they are, and it is difficult to imagine them otherwise. And besides, who doesn't enjoy hearing a classic with a distinguishable voice like Bing Crosby. In the future, we or our children may enjoy the incredible voice of Dan Haseltine and the style of Jars of Clay. But again, I appreciate that review. It was spot on.