Top positive review
on December 8, 2001
I imagine that this album has the most appeal to those already faithful to the power/prog genre and/or guitar rock. However, you don't have to be familiar with Savatage to enjoy this. Rock fan or not, anyone looking for a good Christmas album will find that TSO has created something extraordinary. Orchestral and choral elements complement the (as usual) powerful guitar work (and sometimes the other way around). The acoustic pieces are very emotional and simply brilliant.
The two Christmas albums exemplify the power of TSO's music, and also offer a good introduction to the progessive genre and 'rock opera' in general.
The Christmas Attic is a very solid album meant to be listened to from start to finish. The opening track stands out in my mind, but throughout you will find many pleasant surprises. Although The Three Kings And I doesn't seem to fit in perfectly with the rest of the album, it is still worth listening to. Take comfort in the fact that there are plenty of classic Christmas tunes.
Believe me, these albums are just the thing to help build one's excitement for the holidays... Yet the great part is that one can listen to them at other times throughout the year to rekindle one's holiday spirit. This was the case the first time I listened to them, and to be honest it brought a tear to my eye. As I said - powerful and emotional.
If you like this, you will surely love Christmas Eve and Other Stories. The version with narration, especially, is outstanding.
Merry Christmas, everyone.