Music Review: A Christopher Cross Christmas

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Listening to previously undiscovered Christmas songs by Christopher Cross, the 1980s pop singer known for hits such as “Arthur’s Theme”, “Sailing” and “Ride Like the Wind”, is a surprisingly delightful experience. I have always liked his gentle voice, and I love Christmas tunes, but I did not expect to find this 2009 Christmas album so hypnotic that I’d find myself keeping it on heavy rotation. I do and here’s why: the 12 songs are performed, produced and arranged with such deftness that they create a sense of merriment, serenity and joy. For example, Cross, never sounding better, picks up the pace on “The Little Drummer Boy,” which makes all the difference in re-imagining an otherwise somber tune as a story of something to truly behold. He does the same with “Do You Hear What I Hear” and other classics including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Besides beloved songs, with Cross and other musicians on guitar, with piano accompaniment, he adds two Christmas tunes he co-wrote, “Does it Feel Like Christmas” and “A Dream of Peace at Christmastime”, which features a chorus of children that actually sound like children. The new tunes are blissful. All of A Christopher Cross Christmas evokes an enchanted holiday. I can’t recommend this wonderful album, currently on sale for less than eight dollars, highly enough.

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