November 28, 2011

Season’s Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas Album–’Simply Stunning’!

November 28th, 2011

JB Christmas Album

Richard Pratt of gives FOUR stars to Season’s Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas album! Check out his fantastic review:

I had high expectations for this collection, being familiar with the exemplary vocal talents of the “Jersey Boys” musical cast. And it delivered in spades.

Like the Four Seasons’ harmonies that inspired the Broadway show, vocals are front and center at nearly every turn, from bright, synthesizer-backed funk on “A King Is Born” to traditional doo-wop on “White Christmas.”

If you’re familiar with the hit musical, you’ll recognize the Frankie Valli-esque stylings of John Lloyd Young, luminescent on “Santa Medley” and with flugelhorn accompaniment on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

I also enjoyed the upbeat take on “Auld Lang Syne” and the harp and strings accompanying “What Child Is This.”

But the brightest light shines on “O Holy Night/Rise Up Shepherd,” opening with a spiritual sound and sliding seamlessly into crystal-clear falsetto from Michael Ingersoll and baritone from Tituss Burgess.

Every arrangement seemed to perfectly capture the mood of its composer, with the focus squarely on the singers — right where it belongs on a “Jersey Boys” collection. Simply stunning.

1 Comment »

  1. I have just purchased my ITunes of Holy Night and it is awesome but the singer is Mark Ivey from Nashville. Not the two singers you mentioned above. You can google the song on any website and it clearly says Mark Ivey. Please give him the credit he is due for his amazing talent and outstanding range!! I was blown away when I heard him sing that first verse. Wow the range this young man has. A beautiful voice!

    Comment by Sara Kidd — December 3, 2011 @ 12:32 am

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