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HOLIDAY MUSIC: 12 discs of Christmas

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Holiday Christmas Music discs

Nov 27, 2016 at 2:00 am | Print View

Here you go — a new holiday CD to five your true love on each of the 12 days of Christmas. Not a turtledud in the bunch, although a few tracks here and there may leave some lords a-limping.

Gazette staff members heard the calling birds, and this is what they had to say ...

GOLDEN RINGS

SARAH MCLACHLAN
“Wonderland” (The Verve Music Group)
Rating: ★★★★

Everyone needs a little Sarah McLachlan for Christmas. Yes, I’m biased because I’ve been a fan of hers for years, but that’s why I jumped at the chance to listen to her latest CD. You can’t deny that her smooth-as-silk vocals and her impressive piano skills are perfect for holiday tunes.

My favorite is “The Christmas Song” as McLachlan puts a fun new twist on an old favorite. And the religious “O Come, All Ye Faithful” is simply beautiful as it starts out with just her voice and builds with a chorus and orchestra. It is a perfect song to showcase her range, as is “O Holy Night.”

If I had anything bad to say about the CD it would be that there was no need for her to share the holiday spotlight with other artists on two of the 11 songs, such as Emmylou Harris, Martha Wainwright and others on “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and “Away in a Manger.” But that’s just getting picky.

Best song: “The Christmas Song” (listen below)

— Janet Rorholm, The Gazette

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