Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Amy Grant - A Christmas Album (1983)

Meh.  Not the best Christmas album, but I've certainly heard much worse.  It's more impressive when you consider Grant was only 22 when this was recorded yet it was her 7th album release.  She has a pleasant voice and I'm glad she had the good sense to surround herself with West Coast studio musicians, especially Bill Champlin.  If you need background music at your Christmas party, this will do fine.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: 11 tracks - 7 originals, 4 traditional/standard Christmas tunes.  Most of the versions of the traditional tunes are enjoyable, but not particularly memorable.  The final track, a poor arrangement of A Mighty Fortress Is Our God and Angels We Have Heard On High is needlessly overbearing.  The only originals I like are Michael W. Smith's Emmanuel and, to a lesser degree, Love Has Come.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: At some point in time I owned Grant's 1992 Christmas CD, Home for Christmas, but I don't see that on the shelves anymore.

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