Overview Spend the Christmas season with sisters Rebecca, Alyssa and Lauren Barlow as they recapture their childhood memories through music. Home For Christmas is a timeless Christmas recording of songs perfect for ushering in the Christmas season. The eleven tracks are bursting with seamless harmonies and beautiful instrumentation and arrangements of Christmas favorites, along with an original recording!
1. Angelic Proclamation (Hark! the Herald Angels Sing 2. Carol of the Bells-Sing We Now of Christmas 3. Go Tell It on the Mountain/Ain't That Good News 4. Hallelujah (Light Has Come) 5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 6. I'll Be Home for Christmas 7. It's the Most Wonderful Time 8. O Come, O Come Emmanuel 9. O Little Town of Bethlehem 10. Panis Angelicus 11. What Child Is This
Record Label Codeword
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.8" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 23, 2008
Publisher Word Entertainment
ISBN 0806656697 EAN 0080688768522 UPC 080688768522
This CD is wonderfully produced and the groups voices are heavenly. A fabulous addition to anyones Christmas collection of CDs. I especially enjoyed their version of "Carol of the Bells".
One of the best Christmas CDs I've heard in years Jan 10, 2010
I usually associate Barlowgirl with rock (think "She Walked Away", "Never Alone"), and bought this CD after hearing their version of "O Holy Night" (not on this CD) on Air1. That had a hard rock edge, and I expected more of the same here. Boy, was I wrong.
Instead of a rock interpretation they went for straight up beautiful. As in hauntingly, jaw-droppingly beautiful. Carol of the Bells, Hallelujah, Angelic Proclamation (a seamless mix of Hark the Herald Angels Sing and In Excelsis Deo), and O Come Emmanuel all had classical-style orchestration, with pure melodies and tight harmonies in the vocals. I'd never seen Panis Angelicus on a Christmas CD, but have a recording from a traditional Catholic music CD; Barlowgirl's version blew that one away. Made me think of stained glass and Mass and Communion, and brought tears to my eyes.
The more modern songs, I'll Be Home for Christmas and It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, were traditional in the Bing Crosby sense; if you like those particular songs (which I don't), these are nice arrangements of them. O Little Town of Bethlehem, What Child is This, and Go Tell It on the Mountain got the R&B treatment; not a good fit for the first two in my opinion, and those were the only disappointing songs on the CD.
In short, if you're a die-hard rocker, you're going to be disappointed, as this is vastly different from their usual sound. If you're a closet traditionalist like me, you'll be pleasantly shocked. Pity most traditional music lovers won't be looking to buy a Christmas CD from a Christian rock group.
Wonderful Christmas album Dec 27, 2009
I collect Christmas music and am so glad I added this to my collection!! I love the harmonies and the songs on this album. I couldn't find it anywhere else so bought it as soon as I saw it was a good price! I would recommend this album to any music lover!
Terrific CD Dec 8, 2009
This is one of my two favorite recent Christmas releases (the other being Casting Crown's "Peace on Earth"). The girls provide wonderful harmonizations and ably blend both contemporary and traditional pieces. My favorites include "Hallelujah" (a magnificent original piece), Carol of the Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Angelic Proclamation (Hark the Herald) and Panis Angelicus.
Best CD I have had since the last Barlow Girl CD!! Dec 5, 2009
I love this CD!! I have a few fav's though.. Panis Angelicus gives me cold chills everytime.. Barlow Girl add their own very special touch to traditional Christmas songs, and they added a few others that made this CD wonderful. The only thing that I hate is that O Holy Night is not on this CD. Barlow Girl Recorded O Holy Night on the Absolute Favorite Christmas 25 Hoilday Favorites from today's top artists. The CD itself is not that good, but Barlow Girl's O Holy Night is on it so I bought it.. Very cool version of the song.