Nearly two weeks have passed since I first told you about Phil Vassar’s new Christmas album, “Noel.” If you missed that little write-up, you can read it here. At that time I hadn’t had a chance to listen to it – now I have. And tomorrow, it is going to my office with me to join all the other holiday CDs, so the whole staff will have a chance to hear it.
The CD has five original holiday songs, and five traditional Christmas classics. The first one you’ll hear is “Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas Without You.” This song reminds me a little of the big band days, or something Harry Connick, Jr. might have done. It’s a little different from what you might be used to hearing from Phil, but it’s probably my favorite of all the original songs this CD has to offer.
“Oh Come All Ye Faithful, Angels We Have Heard On High” is next. It is what it is. A traditional Christmas carol, with good orchestration and good vocals by Phil. That one is followed by “I Saved Christmas.” It’s one of the five original songs, and it’s probably my least favorite of the group. “Merry Christmas, Darling” is the fourth one you’ll hear. It’s been around a while, it’s a great choice to include on this holiday CD.
“Big Ol’ Texas Christmas,” is another original that Phil had a hand in writing. The song features Ray Benson. If you want a Christmas song with a dance hall sound, this is the one you’re looking for. I can see myself dancing to this one.
“Away in a Manger” featuring Kelly Collins), “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “What Child is This” are the other three classics. The remaining original songs are “Santa’s Gone Hollywood,” and “Let’s Make a Little Christmas.” With the exception of “Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas Without You,” I think I prefer the traditional songs to the new ones. But, there are no songs on this album that I will skip over when I play it.
Now that I’ve heard it, I definitely recommend it. If you are like me, country artists with Christmas CDs need to be part of your collection.
I’ll talk to you all soon!