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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Anyone who's been listening to Kathy Mattea's recent albums knows to expect the unexpected, and that's what she delivers on this, her second Christmas album the first was 1993's Grammy-winning Good News. This time around, Mattea offers a new twist on some old favorites, brings da funk a couple of times, and spices the seasonal mix with some new songs. The powerful opener, "Christmas Collage," melds five traditional carols centered on the birth of Christ and his impact on the world, including a polyphonic rendering of "O Come All Ye Faithful." Mattea intertwines a cappella or minimally arranged segments with more elaborate, vocally rich pieces, before everything comes ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Anyone who's been listening to Kathy Mattea's recent albums knows to expect the unexpected, and that's what she delivers on this, her second Christmas album the first was 1993's Grammy-winning Good News. This time around, Mattea offers a new twist on some old favorites, brings da funk a couple of times, and spices the seasonal mix with some new songs. The powerful opener, "Christmas Collage," melds five traditional carols centered on the birth of Christ and his impact on the world, including a polyphonic rendering of "O Come All Ye Faithful." Mattea intertwines a cappella or minimally arranged segments with more elaborate, vocally rich pieces, before everything comes together in a triumphant chorus of "What Child Is This?" "Baby King," written by Marc Cohn, is a funky gospel call-and-response number anticipating the new world the Christ Child will shape. "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" showcases Mattea's magnificent, expressive voice, which accompanied only by a lightly strummed acoustic guitar. In a startling transformation of a Yuletide favorite, "O Come All Ye Faithful" begins a cappella in Latin, then slinks into a greasy soul groove. Penned by Melissa Manchester and Beth Nielsen Chapman, "There's Still My Joy" is a powerful tale of healing after tragedy by drawing strength from the season. Mattea's emotion is palpable here, and no wonder -- her father, who sings on a bonus track, passed away while she was recording this album. His genial voice is preserved here on what should become a classic Christmas album.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The two-time Grammy winner checks in with her first Christmas disc in ten years, drawing from all the unique traditions that have enhanced her career as a decorated country artist -- including folk, bluegrass, and Celtic. The key to a strong holiday CD is finding clever new arrangements of the classics and offering originals that present the spirit in a unique way. Mattea does both, opening with an Irish folk-styled "Christmas Collage" featuring marching drums, bells, and a small choral group. The Celtic flavors tag along throughout, informing both her vocal approach and instrumentation pennywhistle, mandolin on a jubilant, Handel-inspired "Unto Us a Child Is Born" and the more subtle and wistful "Straw Against the Chill." "Baby King" blends steel guitar and a country gospel choir behind Mattea's most powerful delivery, and the similarly organic country flavors make the clap-along "When the Baby Grew Up" a wildly irresistible back-porch burner. Mattea is also aces on more traditionally arranged pieces like "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," which she performs with only a gentle guitar accompaniment. Definitely one of 2003's best holiday treats.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Narada
  • UPC: 724359050621
  • Catalog Number: 90506
  • Sales rank: 6,838

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kathy Mattea Primary Artist, Vocals, Human Whistle
Jim Brock Percussion, Drums
Bob Halligan Vocals
Mick Conley Acoustic Guitar, Octave Bass
Bill Cooley Acoustic Guitar, national steel guitar
Nick DiStefano Vocals
Gerry Gillespie Bass, Vocals
Byron House Bass
Joanie Madden Human Whistle
Carson Whitsett Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Chris Carmichael Violin, Cello, Vocals
Dan Needham Drums
Ed Cash Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Ben Shive Keyboards
Terry Wilson Vocals
Matt Pierson Bass
Technical Credits
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Beth Nielsen Chapman Composer
Kathy Mattea Arranger, Composer, Producer
Marc Cohn Composer
Melissa Manchester Composer
Matt Rollings Composer
Bob Franke Composer
Craig Bickhardt Composer
Mick Conley Engineer
Bill Cooley Arranger, Composer
Rob Mathes Composer
John Mayfield Mastering
Thom Schuyler Composer
Charles Wesley Composer
Suzy Wills Composer
Connie Gage Art Direction
Frederick Oakeley Composer
John Francis Wade Composer
Jennifer Knapp Composer
Ed Cash Composer, Producer, Engineer
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic in our home

    This Kathy Mattea CD has become a classic in our home, with her rich vocals, amazing song styling, and phenomenal new pieces in the mix. Rarely have we heard such creativity on a Christmas album. One of the first things we do when it starts to snow is get out Joy for Christmas Day. It's a favorite gift when we give as well. Everyone should take a listen to this great CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not exactly her

    If you've listened to some of her other albums,this doesn't sound like her at all.It's that she's just a great country singer.She should stick to that.If you love all her albums,this one is much stronger.She has more voice than usual.

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