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Glory In The Highest
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Angels We Have Heard On High
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If anyone can do a sacred album about Christmas it is Chris Tomlin who is one of contemporary Christian music’s biggest stars having had a Billboard number one with his 2013 album ‘Burning Lights’. His immense appeal has been build up over a dozen or so studio albums, one of which was 2009’s ‘Glory In The Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship’. The recording was dedicated to the religious side of Christmas but it also had a contemporary country rock sound. It’s easy to see that with a title like that non-Christian music fans might be put off but the fact that Tomlin’s album contains carols such as ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ is enough to make you realise that this is just another fine Christmas album that leans a little more towards devotion. And when you delve into the renditions Tomlin gives to old favourites you couldbe surprised how rocked-up ‘Angels We Have Heard On High’ sounds. ‘Joy To The World (Unspeakable Joy)’ is similarly effervescent, a bit of a surprise you might think for a Christian artist but then this is an event worth rocking out for! For those Christian music fans that are worried it’s worth pointing Tomlin plays it straight and without irony so while these are loud reworks of gentle carols there is nothing untoward at play.

Tomlin leaves ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ pretty much as intended as a choir joins him on a reverential take of the beautiful hymn. Elsewhere he shows his artistic range when joined with Audrey Assad on vocals he delivery a brilliant performance from an original song that was co-written by him and Assad called ‘Winter Snow’. With a gentle piano line and Assad’s Carly Simon like singing this becomes a touching new addition to the Christmas canon. The 12-track album ends on a high note with Tomlin’s version of ‘Born That We May Have Life’ appearing like a Westlife number that instead focuses its devotion on baby Jesus rather than another broken heart. The piano parts also have a ring of Coldplay about them giving the ‘Born That We May Have Life’ a euphoric edge which nicely seals the deal on a successful first Christmas album by Tomlin.

Apart from his Christmas album Chris's only other Christmas recording appeared on the second 'Wow Christmas' compilation from 2005 which was subtitled 'Green' (its predecessor was called 'Red'). His cover of 'Angels We Have Heard on High' sat neatly alongside new Christmas recordings from other Christian artists like Amy Grant, Relient K and tobyMac.

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