Libera - The Christmas Album

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Recording information: The Music Place, London, England (05/2011-07/2011). For an act famed for their angelic vocals and heart-warming celestial sound, it's a surprise that The Christmas Album is the first-ever festive release from South London boy sopranos Libera. As you'd expect from a group who may regularly change their lineup but who haven't changed their sound in 16 years, its mixture of traditional carols, yuletide standards, and rather randomly, Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)," (which along with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" also appeared on the deluxe edition of 2010's Peace), stick closely to the usual Libera formula of Robert Prizeman's soothing, if often sentimental, minimal arrangements. It's all very pleasant, of course, but apart from a rare tenor vocal courtesy of Josh Madine on "Coventry Carol," and the haunting Gregorian chanting on "Carol of the Bells," there's little here that stands out among the consistently tranquil production, which is sometimes guilty of draining all the seasonal joy out of the source material, while the two uninspiring original compositions ("Jubilate Deo," "Sing the Story") are unlikely to be considered future Christmas classics. However, their soaring harmonies are undoubtedly impressive, and on the likes of "O Holy Night," "Once in Royal David's City," and "Joy to the World," they authentically evoke the atmosphere of a communal midnight mass. Perhaps the most predictable festive album of 2011, The Christmas Album isn't likely to convert any new Libera fans, but it's also equally unlikely to lose any, either. ~ Jon O'Brien


UPC 5099908435323
Runtime 57 min.
Genre ClassicalMusic
Label Warner Classics
Number of Discs 1
Track Listing Disc 1
  • 1. Joy to the world (Music from William Holford's 'Voce di Melodia')
  • 2. Still, Still, Still
  • 3. Carol of the Bells
  • 4. Veni, Veni Emmanuel
  • 5. Once in Royal David's City
  • 6. O Holy Night
  • 7. White Christmas
  • 8. Corpus Christi Carol
  • 9. In Dulci Jubilo
  • 10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • 11. Sing the Story
  • 12. Coventry Carol
  • 13. The First Nowell
  • 14. Jubilate Deo
  • 15. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  • 16. Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)
Format Compact Disc
Artists Libera
Country of Origin United States

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