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How Many Kings (Songs For Christmas) CD
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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).Read more ›
Good King Wenceslas is my favorite!
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.Read more ›
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Good album overall, with some great tracks and some ok tracks. Both versions of "How Many Kings" are good are their own way, and the main reason I bought the album. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Biking Mike
How Many Kings is one of my favorite songs. The main song brings out story of the three wise men who brought gifts to Jesus Christ.Published 7 months ago by Charles Hohman