December 1st! Omigoodness, where did 2008 go?! Well, the end of the year is inevitably approaching, and with its approach comes CHRISTMAS! It's my favorite holiday and time of the year, which is due in part to the season's music! I grew up with the music that my grandfather passed down to my mother, so any modern music that can even slightly capture the Christmas mood and sound great scores points in my book. The best modern Christmas album to come along in quite some time is arguably Jars of Clay's 2007 release, Christmas Songs. It's modern and classic in places where appropriate, and upbeat, unique, and pensive. It's a deep collection that also knows it's okay to have a little fun, like on the duet "Hibernation Day."
So now that the turkey has digested and Black Friday has passed (but this week is... Cyber Monday?! Just what we need -- TWO shopping frenzy days! *shakes head*), it's time to dust off the Christmas records and get in the Christmas mood!
Anyone else have this one? Let us know if you recommend it!
(Remember, we want YOUR comments on how the record has affected you. But please keep in mind, this is NOT for your own reviews.)
Jars of Clay
Christmas Songs (2007)
Click here for a JFH Staff Review.
Our synopsis: "Jars' Christmas Songs was THE Christmas album of 2007. As Christmas '08 approaches, grab this one for getting into the holiday spirit!" (Recommended by JFH's John DiBiase)
Perfect For: Christmas cheer, remembering the reason for the season, and music to cozy up to someone with.
Song Highlights: "Wonderful Christmas Time," "Hibernation Day," "Winter Skin," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "Peace Is Here."
So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Christmas Songs? Do you recommend it? If so, why?