- Audio CD (Nov. 16 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD, Audiobook
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B0043A0PXU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
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A Christmas Cornucopia CD, Audiobook
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2010 holiday release from the Eurythmics vocalist, A Christmas Cornucopia is a collection of new, inspired interpretations of 11 traditional festive songs, rounded out by a new Lennox composition, 'Universal Child'. The music on the album was mostly played by Lennox, in collaboration with co producer Mike Stevens, and recorded in his southwest London studio - at the bottom of his garden. But to achieve the resonance and vibrancy that were integral to Lennox's ideas for these re-energized reboots, the pair also worked with a 30-piece orchestra at Pinewood Studios. And they travelled further afield too: to South Africa, to record with the African Children's Choir, a remarkable organization with which impassioned campaigner and activist Lennox has long had a relationship.
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This is a collection of traditional Christmas carols, some of them well-known ("Angels we have heard on high", "God rest ye merry gentlemen", "The first Noel", "Silent night"), and a few of them not as much ("As Joseph was a walking", "Lullay, Lullay"). Most of them are spiritually inclined and remind that Christmas is NOT, contrarily to popular belief, just a commercial event. The arrangements are traditional and centered on the piano and Annie's ever-expressing voice; however, flutes, tribal percussion, accordion and African choir are sprinkled here and there, keeping the album from sounding like yet another Christmas album. As a result, "God rest ye merry gentlemen", "As Joseph was a walking" and "Il est ne le divin enfant" (which Annie performs in fully fluent French) are clear highlights on an album that features no filler. As a matter of fact, you'd need a heart of stone not to be moved by the majestic choir featured in the conclusion of "As Joseph was a walking", certainly worth the price of the album itself. Other highlights include the beautifully spare "In the bleak midwinter", the joyful "The holly and the ivy" and Annie's own "Universal child", a very moving self-penned song that she initially performed earlier this year as part of the "Idol gives back" charity event.
Obviously, this album might take a little time to grow on the listener. There are no obvious crowd pleasers such as "Let it snow", "Jingle bell rock", "White Christmas" or "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" here, and it might be too solemn for some people's tastes. However, the distinctive nature of this album is also what makes it so endearing. By selecting songs that reflect upon the spiritual nature of Christmas, and by performing them in such a gorgeous manner, Annie Lennox has come up with one of the best Christmas albums in a long time. Both the casual fans and the diehard fans will enjoy this extremely appealing album, and will likely listen to it for Christmases to come.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is so innovative. A strong and powerful single! The CD is filled with both darkness and light. See Amid the Winter's Snow, In the Bleak Midwinter and Lullay Lullay add a chillier winter feel to the album. Joseph was a Walking and the Holly and the Ivy are full of Christmas joy. The arrangements for O Little Town of Bethlehem and the First Noel are quite beautiful.
If your looking for the standard canned Christmas carols, don't look here. If you want a CD that takes a fresh approach to old classics give this a whirl. I love it!