If you like Christmas songs that are jazzed up with strange slow/fast tempo, key changes, odd medleys woven in, then "Jingle Bells," the first song on "The Christmas Collection" is for you. Others may find it annoying. The next song, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is melodic with lovely orchestration. Amy's voice lent itself well to the pretty song "I Need a Silent Night," and the next song, "Winter Wonderland," is a nice, catchy sing-along song which earns high marks.
"Baby, It's Christmas," is a lovely song with a slow, waltzing, tempo enhanced by Amy's elegant vocals, followed by "Sleigh Ride," which is a nice, up-tempo song, with pretty vocals and instrumentation. While "Count Your Blessings" is not a traditional Christmas song, it fits in beautifully on a Christmas project with its lovely, soothing rendition. The orchestra's accompaniment made this a rich and lush addition.
"Hark the Herald" and "Silent Night" couldn't have been prettier, leading into an Amy Grant classic, "Breath of Heaven" which was almost haunting with its ethereal vocals and piano accompaniment. "Joy to the World/For Unto Us a Child Is Born" is excellent with its richly orchestrated introduction, followed by a choir. "Grown Up Christmas List" another Amy Christmas classic, is gorgeous, slow and melodic, in contrast to the rockabilly "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree."
The remaining songs, "Tennessee Christmas," "A Christmas to Remember," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "A Mighty Fortress/Angels We Have Heard on High," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" round the project out in a delightfully festive fashion. The "Mighty Fortress" intro to "Angels" was powerful. The Christmas Collection by Amy Grant features 18 songs, and 17 of them earn kudos from me.
Amy Grant is releasing "In Motion: The Remixes" in August 2014.
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