The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Voices of the Season is a generous and rather thorough presentation of the best-loved Christmas carols, gathering almost all of the standards on a single CD. Other Christmas compilations may be a mix of traditional and modern songs, offering variety but lacking essential favorites, so this disc is a welcome alternative for listeners who need only the basic and most familiar holiday music. From "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful" to "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," the program is straightforward and easy to appreciate, because the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs well-established arrangements with conventional harmonizations, so this album is ideal for singing along in church services, and for use as background music for holiday events. The choir sings many of the carols a cappella or with organ, though "Hallelujah" from Handel's Messiah, "Joy to the World," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "Sleigh Ride," "O Tannenbaum," and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring are performed with orchestral accompaniment. No information on the recordings is provided, though the average sound quality suggests these are old analog recordings that have been digitally remastered.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
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