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There are ten traditional carols, plus the single "A Baby Changes Everything", and the album has a big band sound that will remind you of those old black and white holiday movies that they dig out every single year.
"A Baby Changes Everything" puts the Christmas story in a modern light, beginning:
"Teenage girl, much too young / Unprepared for what's to come / A baby changes everything"
"My whole life is turned around / I was lost and now I'm found / A baby changes everything"
I found that on a couple of the tracks Faith out-sang the backing orchestra, but the following songs are the ones to put on your playlist this season:
Joy to the World
What Child is This?
Little Drummer Boy
Away in a Manger
O Holy Night
A Baby Changes Everything
Thanks Faith, for not changing up the traditional carols and making them unrecognizable, and although the big band sound isn't my thing, this is a warm and fuzzy album to add to your playlist. Recommended for fans of old movies, big bands, and traditional carols.
Rated: 4.5 stars
Amanda Richards, October 1, 2008
If you are looking for an album of very impressive vocals, minimal accompaniment, and traditional arrangements, this is one of the best.
Her version of O Holy Night! is one of the only versions I have ever heard that can stand next to Celine Dion's classic rendition. Faith has the voice to carry off this song, something few singers can accomplish.
I usually have Christmas carols playing throughout my house for most of December (yes, I know- sick). There are well over 100 albums that randomly rotate. This is one of the few albums (along with Brian Setzer's) that visitors have regularly asked about.
Glad I bought it
First, to address some of the reviews That mention that Faith does not sound like herself or doesn't sound very good: in the interview I read Faith talked about her first Christmas album and said that this album was an experiment for her. She loves Christmas music and was very excited to put out her own album.
Faith also mentioned that she is an emotional singer and not a technical singer so some of the songs sung on this album are a stretch from her usual range or comfort zone. She enjoyed the challenge and wanted to put her own touch to some of these traditional songs. That said, I think she sounds lovely on all of these.
My favorites are Joy To The World, Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town, Holly Jolly Christmas, and Winter Wonderland - for her vocals on these, but also for the arrangements. These favorite four of mine, with the exception of Joy To The World, have a slight musical "twist" to them. I really like these four the best.
My least favorite is Away in a Manger. I don't like this song as much as others as I don't "feel" anything from that. I think she sings a little emotionless on this one (compared to others). I also don't particularly like the country sound to this one.
All in all, I think this is a good Christmas album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Faith Hill's Christmas cd opens with Joy To The World which has a big orchestra arrangement that goes well with the song. Read morePublished 4 months ago by john thomas
I bought these for my mother who adores this album and can't say enough good about it and in particular the track "A Baby changes Everything"Published 5 months ago by Brett
A bit disappointing for those who like Faith Hill's later material. This was an early album before she really "discovered her talent".Published 5 months ago by Beenie
Miss Hill does a Maasterfull Job on these Songs beter than some Better known Artists Country Fan or non Country Fan this is a Christmas Album to Purchase.Published 5 months ago by Rodney Hunnewell
Love Christmas music and Faith Hill does an excellent job.Published 5 months ago by Steven D. Gleason