Peter Hollens has released the perfect album for this Christmas, with a mix of Christmas favourites and original composition, perfectly arranged for todays audience. With songs for everyone this Christmas you can not afford to miss out on this one.
In recent times we have seen a resurgence of A cappella music into mainstream media and I for one could not be happier.
Just for those non-musos: “A cappella is the Italian for “in the manner of the chapel” music is specifically group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It contrasts with cantata, which is accompanied singing.
In his new Christmas album ‘A Hollens Family Christmas’, Peter holds true to has A Cappella origins with harmonious arrangements that exhibit his performance prowess, musical genius and producing finesse.
Some absolute magic on this album, but you can not go past the beauty of ‘December Song’. A stunning original composition that leaves the listener in awe of this refreshing Christmas hit of 2016. Incorporating simple (yet typically virtuosic) vocal lines and choruses of ‘O Come Let Us Adore Him’ and the beautiful simplicity of ‘Silent Nights’, the lyrics Hollens has penned perfect partner to give meaning far deeper than face value of the words.
“It’s a song about peace and joy, and how we can embody the Christmas spirit all year long.” – Peter Hollens
Although Peter himself is an amazing artist, it is great to hear collaboration and his work with his wife Evynne (a fantastic artist in her own right) on ‘Grown Up Christmas List’ furthers the sense of family, but even as a standalone this song may just be one of the best on the album. ‘Grown Up Christmas List’ is not often high on my ‘Christmas list’ due to it’s excessive use over the past few years but this version is so well done that it may just make a skyrocket for me this year. I think this is the first time I have ever really heard it done justice. With lyrics that speak so much truth and the addition of a verse I had never heard before, this song really brings home both the personal joy and pain of Christmas in 2016.
As children we believed
The grandest sight to see
Was something lovely wrapped beneath the tree.
Well, heaven surely knows
That packages and bows
Can never heal a hurting human soul.
Do not miss this one for Christmas 2016. A moving album that is perfect for active listening and artistic appreciation but equally adept as the family Christmas dinner mood-setter.
A brilliant album that has been on high rotation in the George household over the last few weeks.
My Must Hear: ‘December Song’ – Peter Hollens
To purchase this album please visit: Australia – iTunes
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