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Francesca Battistelli "Christmas"
by Grace Thorson (cmaddict.com) on 2012-10-29 17:03:04
“Christmas” is Francesca Battistelli’s first ever solo holiday project released through Fervent Records, and it’s my second Christmas album to review for this year. All I can say is, it’s quite easily become one of my new festive favorites. I have two other beloved and overplayed albums: “Home For Christmas” by BarlowGirl and “Let It Snow Baby… Let It Reindeer” by Relient K, and “Christmas” by Francesca Battistelli has made it up there with them. Some of the tracks from this album are familiar classics and the rest were co-written by Francesca: “Heaven Everywhere,” “Christmas Is,” “Christmas Dreams,” and “You’re Here.”

By far “Heaven Everywhere” is my most loved song. Even if you don’t pick up the whole album, I suggest at least buying this heavenly track. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Francesca sings with great passion – which rides the angelic tone of the song. The lyrics are inspiring with “It’s the smile on a man who has finally found hope, it’s the tears of a mother whose child has come home, it’s the joy that we feel and the love that we share.” I’ve played it frequently and shall probably continue doing so throughout the end of this year. It’s oh, so amazing!

“Marshmallow World” – by the unique title, I was positive that it was a modern track. I had never heard it, but I found out through a friend that it’s actually a classic. Whether it’s new-found to you or a known oldie, it’s a wonderful and jazzy holiday piece.

Francesca includes the well-known “What Child Is This” but she did it differently and with a neat new twist. The beginning starts with the first bar of lyrics from “The First Noel” and then it kind of morphs into “What Child Is This.” Hence the naming of the title “What Child Is This (Noel Prelude)”. I think it’s absolutely awesome.

Nestled alongside the album info, I’m sure you noticed the five-star rating. Yeah, it’s that good. I wanted to note that there’s a physical eleven-track cd and a thirteen-track mp3 version. I also saw that if you buy the album from your local Family Christian store, you’ll receive a bonus track called “Be Born In Me.” I went ahead and bought the mp3 album through itunes with the two extra songs “December 25th” and “Heaven Everywhere (Acoustic Version).” Included was also a digital booklet.

From her website, Francesca said this about her project: "I am beyond excited about this Christmas album, my producer, Ian Eskelin, did an incredible job bringing my vision for these songs to life, and I can't wait for everyone to hear them! Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I hope that this album is one people want to listen to year after year." And I’m sure I’ll be one of those people. Three things come to mind when I think of “Christmas” by Francesca Battistelli: vintage style, swingin’ music, and jolly old fun. I highly recommend this to her faithful fans and to listeners seeking new Christmas tunes. Get “Christmas” by Francesca Battistelli and you’ll be ready to celebrate for the holidays.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Pop/Holiday
Label: Fervent Records
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Buy it: Amazon

Tracklist:
1. The Christmas Song 2:15
2. Heaven Everywhere 3:27
3. Christmas Is 2:29
4. What Child Is This? (First Noel Prelude) 4:13
5. Marshmallow World 2:17
6. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 4:20
7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 3:02
8. You're Here 4:14
9. Joy To The World 2:50
10. Christmas Dreams 3:37
11. Go, Tell It On The Mountain 3:01
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