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Joy - A Holiday Collection
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Jewel has concocted an intriguing and at times beautifully inspired holiday album, playing it straight with a big orchestra and backing voices for the first half of the record with standards such as "Joy to the World," "Wi... more »
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Jewel has concocted an intriguing and at times beautifully inspired holiday album, playing it straight with a big orchestra and backing voices for the first half of the record with standards such as "Joy to the World," "Winter Wonderland," "Silent Night," as well as a lovely rendition of "Ave Maria." Things finally get sparkling in the last half where Jewel does a low-key, kid version of "Rudolph" and sings her own compositions. Her moving "Face of Love" and "Hands" are certain to become holiday standards, capable of being sung in a country, pop, gospel, or R&B vein and deserving of an audience as wide as the nation itself. The record's centerpiece, however, seems to be a six-minute-plus medley that mixes "Go Tell It on the Mountain" with the recent hit "From a Distance" and her own "Life Uncommon." Nonetheless, her stunning adaptation of "Gloria" inspired, in part, by Bach's B-Minor Mass, two tracks later is as powerful and lovely a Christmas vocal performance as you will find anywhere. Produced by the legendary Arif Mardin, Joy is destined to become a holiday classic. --Martin Keller
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Melanie W. (novelwriter) from SURFSIDE BCH, SC
Reviewed on 7/17/2007...
I loved listening to this CD. She didn't give up her own unique style with the classic Christmas songs on this disc.
My FAVORITE holiday album & Co-workers agree!
B. Shirts | West Coast | 06/24/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You know how Christmas music is played at work?
Sure, Elvis singing "Why can't everyday be like Christmas" is nice the first two times. White Christmas has it's good points too. Actually, I am a sucker for almost all of the classics, but at a certain point someone is going to become annoyed.
Not with this album. It's the perfect mix of classic carols and Jewel's personal touch.
HANDS, Christmas version, is probably one of the most touching "new" songs created, but the entire album is simply amazing.
I brought it in and added it to the collection of CDs played at the office. Pretty soon, everyone was coming up and asking what album it was. Most were shocked to hear that it was Jewel.
It has such a universal appeal, and, for years now, I have given it as an extra gift, and played it while wrapping presents. It's as much a part of Christmas for me now as old and treasured family ornaments. Somehow, it never becomes annoying, and I have yet to meet a person who didn't love it.
Perfect gift. Perfect addition to your own holidays."
S. Pool | APO, AE (Germany) | 07/14/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got this cd a couple of Christmases ago and since then it has become one of my favorite Holiday CDs in my collection. Jewel is by far one of the best singers of our generation and proves it again in this collection of classics. If you like the more festive and popular Holiday songs you will like this CD, and if you are a more traditional type well she has those too. My personal favorite is Gloria in Latin which just took me to another level, it is like being in the presence of God and a choir of angels! You will not be disappointed with this one."