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Keep Calm And Carol On by David Shelley Ensemble

Cross Rhythms Rating: 4/10
CD: Album
Tags: Christmas, CD, Album, Pop
Normal Dispatch Time: 1-7 days
Budget CD of familiar Christmas songs both secular and spiritual.

Price: £3.99 Check other currencies
  1. 1. Jingle Bells
  2. 2. Sleigh Ride
  3. 3. Go Tell
  4. 4. White Christmas
  5. 5. O Holy Night
  6. 6. Joy To The World
  7. 7. Deck The Halls
  8. 8. Angels We Have Heard
  9. 9. Winter Wonderland
  10. 10. The Holly And The Ivy
  11. 11. Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  12. 12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

I'm afraid I was not well disposed to towards this album even before I started listening. The CD cover was bland, the choice of songs predictable and very little information given in the sleevenotes. The only credit shown on the sleeve was that of America's David Shelley who was responsible for the arrangements on the traditional carols. My reservations were not exactly blown away when I started listening to the music - a bland "Jingle Bells" was not the best choice for the first track! Much of this is generic Christmas music, suitable as background atmosphere, at home during dinner parties or at the stores for Christmas shopping. Production values are okay, sound quality is fine and there are some of the female lead vocals are appealing, on "O Holy Night" for example. That track also shows off some pleasant choral work. I liked the bass playing on some tracks, like "Sleigh Ride" and there's some tasty sax on "Angels We Have Heard On High". There's a nice vocal duet on 'Winter Wonderland' backed by some of presumably Shelley's piano playing while the beautiful song "Joy To The World" is given a cabaret-style treatment. All in all, the muzak levels of many of the tracks here make this an unappealing album even at a budget price.

Style: Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 145301
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Elevation ELE1899D
Release Date: 16 Sep 2013

Budget CD of familiar Christmas songs both secular and spiritual.

Christmas isn't Christmas until you've enjoyed some carols and sung along to those Christmas classics! A glass of mulled wine and the smell of fresh baked mince pies is all that is missing from this festive album.

Enjoy your Christmas and Keep Calm and Carol On!

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