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O Come All Ye Faithful - CD Review

By Barry Westman on November 30, 2010

There’s no snow on the ground yet (at least where I’m at), but Christmas is coming quickly, and I’ve been listening to a great Christmas CD the past few days. O Come All Ye Faithful, from bec Recordings, is a nice compilation of Christmas music from artists such as Jeremy Camp, Bebo Norman, Chris Tomlin, Kutless and many more.  There are three new songs recorded for this album along with several previously released tracks from other recent albums. This project has a nice mix of traditional Christmas carols done in a fresh, contemporary style along with new original songs for Christmas.

One of my favorite songs from this project is a new song recorded by Kutless called “This is Christmas”.  This is one that I’m sure will top the charts this season, as well it should. It’s a fresh new song with a soaring melody, powerful lyrics and will appeal to all ages. The other newly recorded songs from this project include Seventh Day Slumber’s version of “Away In A Manger” (which is anything but a lullaby), and a great new version of “What Child Is This” by The Museum.

The other songs on the album include some of the best Christmas songs to come out in the past few years from great artists like Amy Grant, Downhere, Jadon Lavik, and others.  I really enjoyed the two selections from Bebo Norman included here. Both “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Joy To the World” have a fresh take on familiar lyrics. “Joy To The World” has a completely new melody, and an infectious new chorus.  Other standouts include the popular “How Many Kings” by Downhere and Jadon Lavik’s catchy version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”.

If you’re looking for a well-rounded, contemporary collection of songs for the upcoming Christmas season, then I would definitely check this one out! You won’t be disappointed.

O Come All Ye Faithful - Various Artists

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Barry Westman

Barry Westman

Barry has served in worship ministry for 20 years, currently serving as Worship Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was born and raised in Minnesota, husband to Tina, and father to three beautiful children - Chad, Emily and Olivia. He usually leads worship from the keyboard and loves to play board games!