I love Christmas music and I usually start playing it right after Remembrance day! This year has a bumper crop of new releases. So much so that I am going to do the Christmas reviews in two parts. I will do Part 2 later this month and try to catch some late releases as well. First, though, I would like to plug my daughter’s CD, Dreaming of Christmas. It was released late last year but garnered Best Seasonal Album nominations at the Canadian Gospel Music Association Awards this year. These are Christmas favorites in a timeless jazz setting. Check out her music at www.Magsthesinger.com or see her Silent Night video, which shows off her artistic talent as well.
Toby Mac- Christmas in Diverse City
This is a truly diverse collection. Toby Mac has gotten together some of the coolest artists in Christian music to help him on this CD. “Christmas this year” is destined to be a classic with the unmistakable vocals of Leigh Nash. “First Noel” with Owl City is a great mix of styles. Other notable contributors include Jamie Grace on “Mary’s Boy Child”. “Little Drummer Boy” cashes in on drum-line sensibilities in a highly entertaining fashion. The second half of the album features vocal contributions by his band members and is not as strong. Still, this is likely to be one of the top selling Christina releases this Christmas
Hawk Nelson- Christmas
There is just something about power punk or ska that sounds joyous to me. This EP from the Canadian group, Hawk Nelson, starts out with a raucous “Hark the Herald Angels Sing/O Come all Ye Faithful”. “Up on the Housetop”is the Irish Rovers on way too much caffeine. Hawk Nelson also shows a softer side with a great “The Holly and The Ivy”. It is too bad that this album is so short. This is just too much fun! One of my personal favorites.
David Crowder Band-Oh for Joy
Wow Christmas 2011