Various Artists

Sounds of the Season [Sony 2002]

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Sounds of the Season is a ten-song collection of holiday songs recorded between 1990 and 2000, by artists on the Sony record label. The songs cover a wide range of styles from the corny country of Billy Gilman's light-as-air version of "Jingle Bell Rock," to the Celtic folk/pop of Cyndi Lauper's "Three Ships," to the classical crossover of Charlotte Church, to the modern blues sounds of Doctor John on "Merry Christmas Baby." The songs are a blend of chestnuts like "The Christmas Song" (sung by Aaron Neville), and "Silent Night" (sung by the always smooth Manhattan Transfer), to original compositions like Mary Chapin Carpenter's subdued "Bells Are Ringing," Shawn Colvin's "Love Came Down at Christmas," and Kenny Loggins' "Angels in the Snow." The disc is tailor-made for pleasant background music at an adult holiday get together, as all the music is cut from the same mellow material.

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