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WOW Christmas: 30 Top Christian Artists and Holiday Songs
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical, Christian
It was only a matter of time before the folks behind the wildly successful WOW series turned their eyes toward Christmas. After all, holiday releases by Christian artists flood the market every year, and there's plenty of ... more »
It was only a matter of time before the folks behind the wildly successful WOW series turned their eyes toward Christmas. After all, holiday releases by Christian artists flood the market every year, and there's plenty of stock to choose from. WOW Christmas does, indeed, capture a nice range of styles and artists from releases over the last few years. Among the sweeter moments are Michael W. Smith's new standard, "Emmanuel," Point of Grace's angelic "O Holy Night," Rebecca St. James's quirky "Sweet Little Jesus Boy," and the Mark Schultz-Nichole Nordeman gentle treatment of "Silent Night." There are a couple of curiosities here, as well: Avalon jazzing up the old standard "Winter Wonderland" with a Manhattan Transfer-like big-band sound; and Fred Hammond's soulful "Go Tell It on the Mountain." And if that's not offbeat enough, we also get the flat-out weirdness of Audio Adrenaline's punked-out "Little Drummer Boy." For the most part, though, WOW Christmas spices up the classic Yule tunes with freshness and creativity, making it a must disc for your holiday party. --Michael Lyttle
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Raquel H. from LEWISVILLE, TX
Reviewed on 9/8/2006...
Songs by Michael W Smith, MercyMe, Zoegirl, Amy Grant, Avalon, Jars of Clay and many others.
Patricia S. (mountaingirlpat) from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 8/18/2006...
This is a great holiday collection from your favorite christian artists! A LOT of good music for the holiday season.
A Merry Non-Traditional Christmas to You
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 10/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Presenting hit songs every year for over 5 years now, the WOW series has made a name for itself in the Christian market. With this CD set, the series turns its eye toward Christmas music with good but not great results.The first song, Avalon's take on "Winter Wonderland" should give you a clue what you're in for. While most of the 31 songs are familiar, they have been arranged to fit the musical styles of the artists who perform them here. While I enjoy alternative arrangements, too many get on my nerves. This is especially true when we get into artists whose styles I'm not fond of anyway. And it hardly feels like Christmas music, even if you already know the song.One plus of this two disc set, however, is that many of the songs are new recordings. Artists without Christmas CD's have recorded songs that are only available here, and it's nice to have the new material, which represents almost half of the set.Most of the songs are the classics we hear every year, but some artists are represented by their more original, new classics. For example, we get Michael W. Smith's, "Emmanuel," Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven," and 4 Him's "Strange Way to Save the World." Also falling into this category is "Mary, Did You Know?" sung here by Kathy Mattea and Plus One's "A Prayer for Every Year." While I appreciate their attempt to Christianize "Grown Up Christmas List," I somehow find it lyrically lacking and ultimately disappointing.Ultimately, I find the songs I'm drawn to most to be the ones from CD's I already have and love. It's a good set, but I don't see it getting more then a couple listens each year."
Popular Music Feel
Michael Cassio | Randolph, New Jersey, United States | 12/05/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The CD collection is definately not something I was expecting to hear when I first put the CD into the player. But as I started listening to the tracks repeatedly, I found that the songs grew on me, even if the styles aren't what I would expect from these Christian artists.Most of the songs have either more of a Popular/Top 40 or Rhythm and Blues feel to them, mixed with the traditional lyrics and tunes that most people are familiar with. And while not every song is devoted to Christ - and some do have that "snowy-stay-cozy-near-the-fire" feeling to them - most songs in the compilation are more suited to Christ's birth than other popular collections that are released this time of year.If you're after something that's reflecting Prayer/Praise music or traditional hymns found in a church setting, this CD may not be for you. But if you're after a combination of time-honored Christmas songs mixed with contemporary styles, then the CD is quite a pleasant surprise."