These Make the Season

Michael Fawcett

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These Make the Season Review

by Dave Nathan

Vocalist Michael Fawcett presents an album with an eclectic play list of traditional carols and commercial and original Christmas songs which should help enhance a family's Christmas setting. One of the album's attractions that makes it quite suitable for family listening is the presence on five tracks of the Children's Choir of St. Michael the Archangel Church of Greenwich, CT. Understand, these youngsters are not in the same class as the Vienna Boy's Choir. Rather, they are typical kids singing in a hometown choir, all very cute and cuddly sounding. They stay in tune and together as they sing with Fawcett on such cuts as "Rudolph Meets Frosty," a medley of "Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman." Most of the tracks feature Fawcett's light, but pleasant, brimming-with-sincerity and filled-with-expression voice. He even whistles on "The Christmas Song," which features the acoustic guitar of Jonathan Geist. On such cuts as "These Make the Season," the impression is given that the singer is backed by full orchestras and choirs. In fact, it's Michael Kingsley, who created and is playing the orchestrations, and multi-tracked Fawcett and Heidi Haskins. For example, through the wizardry of electronics, Fawcett transforms himself into a full men's choir on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." There are a few real instrumentalists on the CD. Tony DeMarco's fiddle is present on "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and Jeff Dieterle's trombone is on "The Snow Lay on the Ground." Synthetically played or not, the orchestrations are very pretty, appropriately Christmasy and thoroughly enjoyable with the kids from St. Michaels the frosting on the cake.

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