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Timeless Christmas (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Sampler)

October 28, 2010 | Format: MP3

$2.99
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I'm not horribly picky about Christmas music since it's all basically the same, but I appreciate a good arrangement and a memorable execution, and these tracks are neither.

Michael McDonald is the most tolerable, I admit, but only just. Doobie Brother or not, his reggae-flavored rendition of O Come Emmanuel feels whitebread stale and muzak-ready. The Wexford Carol, a lovely old Irish melody, starts off light, cheerful and Celtic, but falls flat on its face with McDonald's heavily reverbed R&B vocals. If you want just a hint of World Music Christmas flare without the mess of actual multi-ethnic musicians, this might be your best bet.
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Don't get me wrong, I love Neil Sedaka when he's crying about breakups, but his wheedling voice and bland, high school songbook arrangements don't hold water (snow?) when there's 20 other artists singing them without a karaoke machine behind them. There are some fun old Christmas records full of forgotten artists out there in a thrift store that are well worth the listen, but with these songs, breaking up isn't hard to do.
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As for the Irish Tenors, if you like the Irish Tenors, you know what you're in for. There's nothing particularly bad about these tracks, but I wouldn't wrap presents or trim the tree to them. Slow, over-produced and fairly unimaginative, I'll leave these guys to their PBS Specials.
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Amazon,
I love your free music, especially the samplers.
As others have stated I keep my expectations low and if or when the sampler hides a gold nugget I'm elated.
This sampler however: WOW!!!! Irish Tenors, Sedaka, McDonald classic songs performed by proven artists, how bad can it be? So, armed with low expectations (holiday music is like pizza, never truly bad right?) I added it to iTunes and gave it a listen: Immediately deleted it! Apparently holiday music does NOT follow the pizza rule.
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5 songs you know, with all the verses, not just the popular first verse. Clear. Nothing uncommon or fancy. Easy for family to sing along with if you want to have a bit of fun. We videotaped a sing along and sent to a few crazy friends, little did we know it would become a hysterical competition ... This was a great 'get', and free too.
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After downloading and listening to all of this sample album, I consider all of it worth keeping (1 star rating in iTunes), and most of it at least a bit unique and enjoyable (2 star rating on iTunes.)

Specifically, I enjoyed the Irish Tenors, and Michael McDonald songs (all 2 stars), and the Neil Sedaka songs were both OK (1 star.)

For anyone wondering what it takes to get a 3 star rating from me in a Christmas song, these currently-free songs did so:
Carol of the Bells, by Anna Maria Mendieta in the Sugo Music Free Holiday Sampler
Coventry Carol, by Celtic Lore in the Chacra World Music Holiday Sampler
I'm Your Santa, by Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials in the Alligator Records Christmas Collection.

Your tastes may vary, but I liked this album more than I expected to, based on an earlier review.
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Christmas music is a highly subjective matter. I discovered I had 18 versions of Silent Night on my iPod which is interesting because it is MY least favorite Xmas Carol! Even so, some of those renderings are beautiful and I may play them at least once.

The songs on this free sampler are about as traditional as you can get. We are missing Silent Night, and O Come All Ye Faithful, but otherwise this selection is straight from Central Casting. The only suggestion of more recent contributions to the canon of Xmas music is the Michael McDonald version of an ancient Advent hymn and an African-American Xmas song.

Otherwise, you are getting standard fare. No frills, no surprises, inoffensive. Can I do my Xmas baking with this on? Yes!! Do I love the Irish Tenors and Neil Sedaka? Well, no actually. But I probably won't know who is singing and I won't care, because we're moving into the Xmas season, and I'm willing to listen to anyone sing these songs in the spirit of the season.

Especially if its free.
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If you like the Irish Tenors, Neil Sedaka and Micheal McDonald, then you will love this free Christmas CD. I especially enjoyed Micheal McDonald's second song with the African beat and singers as background. Neil Sedaka has such a clear clean voice I love anything he sings. And the Irish Tenors sound good singing any song.

I don't know why people don't like the "traditional" Christmas songs. I love them and I enjoy each different interpretation a singer and/or musician brings to them. I will enjoy these songs over and over. Thank you Amazon for giving them to me Free!
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By P. Smith on December 1, 2010
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I downloaded this thinking, well, it's Christmas music and I can always use some more of that. I was wrong. I deleted all the tracks. It's just a personal preference but I cannot stand Neil Sedaka's voice or Michael McDonald's which is not something I was even aware of before I downloaded this music. The Irish Tenors are ok, but I guess I prefer something a little more up-beat.

The songs are good ones, but make sure you listen to all the samples before downloading this one to determine if these vocalists are really for you.
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