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Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: Christmas, CD, Pop, Album
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Natalie Grant, Downhere, Francesca Battistelli and others on a Christmas compilation.

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  1. 1. You're Here
  2. 2. When Love Was Born
  3. 3. Glory
  4. 4. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  5. 5. When You Come Home Again
  6. 6. How Many Kings
  7. 7. God Has Come To Earth
  8. 8. Hallelujah [Light Has Come]
  9. 9. Mary Sweet Mary
  10. 10. The Angel Song
  11. 11. I Believe
  12. 12. Tennessee Christmas
  13. 13. Labor Of Love
  14. 14. The Star Still Shines
  15. 15. O Holy Night
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7/10

Reviewed by Matthew Cordle

Named after Mark Schultz's song "When Love Was Born," this Christmas compilation comprises 15 songs (though many available on the artists' own releases) performed by a bevy of top American singers. Without exception all are performed and produced to the highest level, if perhaps sometimes demonstrating a rather sugary approach for British ears. Having said that, there are some highlights: Downhere's moving "How Many Kings" ("How many kings step down from their thrones. . . Only one did that for me") is a great Christmas song without a sleigh bell in earshot; Mark Schultz's emotive title track declares "The world was changed for evermore when love was born" in a Richard Marx-style ballad; Natalie Grant's "I Believe" poignantly reflects on the baby Jesus being born for the cross; Randy Travis' earthy country interpretation of Andrew Peterson's classic "Labor Of Love" is hugely moving and powerfully removes any trace of the sanitized version of the Christmas story; and Francesca Battistelli's sweet song from Mary's perspective, ("Look at your hands, they're still so small/Someday you're gonna stretch them out and save us all"). In contrast, Point Of Grace's "Tennessee Christmas" is simply piffle and I'm not very convinced by Needtobreathe performing "Go Tell It On The Mountain".

Style: Pop
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 118113
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Word 080688787325
Release Date: 03 Oct 2011

Natalie Grant, Downhere, Francesca Battistelli and others on a Christmas compilation.

This 15-song collection features your favourite Christian artists singing their favorite Christmas songs and carols.

Five of these songs are appearing on CD for the very first time including tunes from Francesca Battistelli, Mark Schultz, NEEDTOBREATHE, Chris Sligh and Aaron Shust.














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