Listen to the album Birth of a King by Tommee Profitt!
Listen to the album Birth of a King by Tommee Profitt!

JFH Staff Review


Ayiesha Woods
Christmas Like This



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 9 tracks: 31 minutes, 47 seconds
Street Date: November 10, 2009


Each year, new Christmas music is wrapped up and packaged for music listeners' consideration for entry into their annual holiday music rotation. Among the many new 2009 offerings is Gotee Records artist Ayiesha Woods with her very first Christmas project, Christmas Like This. In an odd marketing move, Christmas Like This is an almost exclusively digital release, which is unfortunate, and the only outlet to obtain physical disc copies to sell is the online retailer Musichristian.

Christmas Like This is a soulful project that mixes a bit of motown, R&B, blues and jazz into a delightful holiday package. "Merry Christmas Baby" kicks things off to set the tone for the album, giving previous covers of the song from artists like the Four Tops and Lou Rawls a run for their money. A dancing piano melody, saxophone accents and even some sleigh bells ringing behind the delicious, raspy leads from Woods help make "Walking In A Winter Wonderland" another standout track. "Jingle Bells" utilizes a little scat flavor for added fun before Woods slows it down a bit for a lovely piano ballad with a 50's doo wop flair in "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and then strikes up the motown with a rendition of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" in the same vein as the Temptations. But following another piano ballad with "O Holy Night," Woods tosses a bit of a curve with a reggae take on the popular "Joy To The World." While Woods successfully transforms the jubilant carol into a reggae tune, it sticks out a bit too much from the rest of what the album has to offer. Without "Joy To The World," Christmas Like This flows quite wonderfully from track to track with a very cohesive presentation, but instead, the song kind of throws off the groove, so to speak, of the rest of the record. Woods gets right back on track, however, for a jazzy rendition of "This Christmas," and closes the half-hour project with a beautiful piano ballad of "O Come All Ye Faithful," taking the album out on a worshipful note.

When all is said and done, Ayiesha Woods' first Christmas album is a festive and delightful solution for anyone looking for some new tunes this Christmas season. While none of the nine tracks (there couldn't have been one more track to make it a nice even ten?) are originals, Woods does pick a few gems that haven't been done to death, like "Merry Christmas Baby," "This Christmas," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," while delivering fresh renditions of some of the most common ones. It's a great release and I personally look forward to listening to Christmas Like This each holiday season when it comes time to breaking out the Christmas records once again!

- Review date: 11/10/09, written by John DiBiase of Jesusfreakhideout.com


Listen to the new project from Elohin!

 

. Record Label: Gotee Records
. Album length: 9 tracks: 31 minutes, 47 seconds
. Street Date: November 10, 2009
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. Merry Christmas Baby (3:00)
  2. Walking In A Winter Wonderland (2:53)
  3. Jingle Bells (3:04)
  4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (4:36)
  5. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (3:55)
  6. O Holy Night (3:14)
  7. Joy To The World (4:03)
  8. This Christmas (4:06)
  9. O Come All Ye Faithful (3:00)

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Listen to the new project from Elohin!

Search JFH



This Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Jon Foreman Doubt - EP [Lowercase People]


This Friday, November 27, 2020
Jeff Deyo From Eternity EP (independent)
Planetshakers It's Christmas Live [Venture3Media]


Next Friday, December 4, 2020
**No Known Releases**

Thursday, December 10, 2020
Neal Morse Jesus Christ The Exorcist (Live At Morsefest 2018) [Frontiers]


Friday, December 11, 2020
Patrick Mayberry Breakthrough Miracle Power - Single [Centricity]


For all release dates, click here!
 



Pre-order the new album from Dre Trinity!




Listen to the new album from Robby John!