Joy to the World

Joy to the World

4.5 19
by Faith Hill

Faith Hill's holiday album Joy to the World is a proudly old-fashioned record -- almost too much so, really, as there is nothing surprising about it, from its collection of shopworn standards to the full-blown yet curiously stiff production. Basically, this is an album where if you read the title, you will know how the song will sound: "Joy to the World" gets a…  See more details below


Faith Hill's holiday album Joy to the World is a proudly old-fashioned record -- almost too much so, really, as there is nothing surprising about it, from its collection of shopworn standards to the full-blown yet curiously stiff production. Basically, this is an album where if you read the title, you will know how the song will sound: "Joy to the World" gets a big, bombastic, orchestral arrangement appropriate for a concert recital, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" swings like Sinatra conducted by Billy May, "Little Drummer Boy" is prim and proper, "Holly Jolly Christmas" feels pulled from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, "Away in a Manger" is sweet and stately. Everything is business as usual, right down to Hill's performances: big, not blustery; they're immaculate theater, sometimes verging on grandstanding but often suited for the occasion. Which might not make Joy to the World a singular holiday album in any respect -- it's too pat and perfect to be memorable -- but for anybody looking for a new old-fashioned Christmas album, this suits the bill just fine.

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Warner Bros / Wea


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Faith Hill   Primary Artist
David Schnaufer   Dulcimer
Jack Jezzro   Bass
Ann Richards   Flute
Eric Darken   Percussion
David Angell   Violin
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Jeff Bailey   Trumpet
Catherine Bott   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Steve Brewster   Percussion
Hellena Brooks   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Andrew Busher   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Heather Cairncross   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
David Campbell   Conductor
Alvin Chea   Background Vocals
Matt Davich   Saxophone
David Davidson   Violin
Simon Davies   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Chris Dunn   Trombone
Yona Dunsford   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Shannon Forrest   Drums
John Gilutin   Piano
Carl Gorodetzky   Violin
Simon Grant   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Barry Green   Trombone
Jim Grosjean   Viola
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Claire Henry   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Dann Huff   Guitar
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Anthony LaMarchina   Cello
Sam Levine   Saxophone
Chris McDonald   Trombone
Jerry McPherson   Guitar
Doug Moffet   Saxophone
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Craig Nelson   Bass
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Tom Phillips   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Darryl Phinnessee   Background Vocals
Bettie Ross   Organ,Track Performer,Pipe organ
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Buddy Skipper   Saxophone
Denis Solee   Saxophone
Neil Stubenhaus   Electric Bass
Bobby G. Taylor   Oboe
Bobby Taylor   Oboe
David Porter Thomas   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Alan Umstead   Violin
Catherine Umstead   Violin
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Violin
Lawrence White   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Glenn Worf   Upright Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Cello,Viola,celtic harp
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes,tin whistle
Jimmy Nichols   Keyboards
Michael George   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Mary Carewe   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Ron Sorbo   Percussion
Pete Huttlinger   Acoustic Guitar
David Loucks   Background Vocals
Lawrence Wallington   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Bruce Wethey   Violin
Monisa Angell   Viola
Karen Winkelmann   Violin
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Julie Tanner   Cello
Lee Levine   Clarinet
Keith Carlock   Drums
Daniel May   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Gordon Adams   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Cate Myer   Violin
Metro Voices   Vocals
Gerald Greer   Violin
Janet Askey   Violin
Tom Bukovac   Guitar
Ann Richards   Flute
Carole Rabinowitz-Neuen   Cello
Jennifer Kummer   French Horn
Denise Baker   Violin
Lynn Peithman   Cello
Sarah Eyden   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Beverly Drukker   Violin
Carolyn Bailey   Violin
Prentiss Hobbs   Trombone
Beth Beeson   French Horn
Polly May   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Tom Pearce   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
London Oratory School Schola   Vocals,Track Performer,Boy's Choir
Gerard Bentall   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Phillip Conway Brown   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Jim Lotz   Bassoon
David Combes   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Neil Bellingham   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Sari Reist   Cello
Samantha Shaw   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Gilbert Long   Tuba
Michael Compton   Mandolin
Anne Marie Cullum   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Edward Grint   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Rosemary Forbes-Butler   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Lee Ward & Group   Choir Master
Samuel Burkey   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Morag MacKay   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Helen Meyerhoff   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Sarah Ryan   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Robbie Shankle   Saxophone
David Paul Campbell   Conductor
Casper Barrie   Boy's Choir
Luca Barrie   Boy's Choir
Kris Beligh   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Laura Bursey   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Lawrence Carroll   Boy's Choir
Oliver Clark   Boy's Choir
William Cracknell   Boy's Choir
Joseph Deery   Boy's Choir
Nicholas Falcone   Boy's Choir
David Greig   Bass (Vocal),Choir, Chorus
Vanessa Heine   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Craig Lawson   Boy's Choir
Jeff Meyer   French Horn
Henry Rodriguez Broadbent   Boy's Choir
Felix Wareing   Boy's Choir
Emma Brain-Gabbott   Choir, Chorus,Soprano (Vocal)
Tim Davis   Background Vocals
Thomas Herford   Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Director
Lindsay Wagstaff   Choir, Chorus,Alto (Vocal)
Jennifer Krummer   French Horn
Gilbert Long   Tuba
Pete Hutlinger   Acoustic Guitar
Calvin Smith   French Horn

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Faith Hill   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
David Campbell   Arranger
Steve Churchyard   Engineer,overdub engineer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Byron Gallimore   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
Mark Hagen   overdub engineer
Jimmy Hoyson   Overdub Assistant
Dann Huff   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Raven Kane   Vocal Producer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Bettie Ross   Supervising Copyist
Allen Sides   Engineer,overdub engineer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Aaron Walk   overdub engineer
James R. Murray   Composer
John Thomas McFarland   Composer
Leslie Richter   Overdub Assistant
Pastor John S. Dwight   Composer
Lowell Reynolds   overdub engineer,Overdub Assistant
David Bryant   Overdub Assistant
Ali Helnwein   Vocal Producer
Wesley Seidman   Overdub Assistant
David Paul Campbell   Arranger
Jon Bailey   Engineer

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Joy to the World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful CD!
This is Faith Hill at her best!
Her voice is stunning and every song is done so lovely.
There is not a bad song on this outstanding CD.
A great Christmas CD to add to anyone's collection.
Hope she makes another one next year.
Thank you Faith for a perfect CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the new classic Christmas collection. Think Rosemary Clooney. If you want an album to hum along to while you are decorating the tree, baking cookies, or opening gifts, this is the one. It is a wonderful balance of sacred and secular. Faith has brought a lot more Joy to the World.
SusanVT More than 1 year ago
It really makes me angry when someone like "A fan for Christmas Music is sorely disappointed" is allowed to go unchallenged when such a review is so far from the truth. This reviewer needs to get real about his own abilities and leave the review of music to soneone who knows something about music. It is his opinion that's true but it sounds more like trying to plug someone else's music. No matter, we all know the truth and will not be fooled by this review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is so incredible! Faith's voice is like a songbird in white fluffy clouds! The music makes you invision a chior singing beautifully for God and his angels in heaven! This is a must have CD to add to your collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard the entire Cd and was BLOWN AWAY. It is so beatiful that it made me cry. I have already decided that every person NEEDS a copy of this CD. It really is the MOST beautiful CD of any genre out there right now. Faith really topped everybody else on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to first hear this entire album live when Faith filmed a PBS special. I now have the cd itself and it is simply outstanding. I have not heard a better one. Faith is an amazing talent and this cd proves it as it showcases her voice.
LaurieA More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD not sure what to expect. I only knew I loved Faith Hill and I needed some new Christmas music. I was so pleasantly surprised!! Her voice is beautiful and she sings the songs with the reverence and respect they deserve. The melodies don't become all about her, like with all too many artists today (and I use that term loosely). I recommend this CD for EVERYONE.
debangelPA More than 1 year ago
Great holiday music!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this very much!
CoolRev More than 1 year ago
This is a very good Christmas CD. Faith Hill has an amazing voice.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The album sounds great, with lots of chrismas classics on it, and a new song a baby changes everything which is a beatiful song about the birth of christ. the CD has 1950's sound to it, that go great with the song included on it. I give it two thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith Hill previewed this cd on her official website and she sounds soooo amazing! .. I've been a fan of Faith's since the '90s and this is her first Christmas cd, and she did not disappoint! ..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have Faith &amp quot Joy To The World&amp quot X-mas album. It is Totally AWESOME! Her angelic, yte powerfull voice is so great! A Baby Changes Everything just blows me away.Great job Faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Christmas music, and make sure to check out the new releases each year to see what new interpretations and tracks are being added to the roster. Since Faith Hill is a very popular voice in Country music, I was interested to see what flavor she would add to this album. But when I listened to the CD, I was disappointed and disgusted.

There isn't a redeeming track on this CD. Hill seems to have no idea how to control her voice, and so she just belts every single word, overpowering these classic Christmas songs. There's no originality in the arrangements -- they're the same versions you've heard a million times before, oversung by someone who thinks the pure strength of their voice compensates for lack of emotion or personality while singing. They don't even sound Country -- they just sound generic, and her voice makes you flinch. The one original track, A Baby Changes Everything, is forgettable at best.

If you're looking for a country Christmas CD, skip this one and go with George Strait's "Classic Christmas". Mary Chapin Carpenter has a lovely little Christmas album called "Come Darkness, Come Light". If you're looking for a fun and bright Christmas album, you can't go wrong with Kristin Chenoweth's "A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas". But save your money and skip the Faith Hill album.