Thursday, December 20, 2012

An Evening in December CD Review - The Nelons

The Nelons released An Evening in December in conjunction with their tour of the same name this winter. This is not your typical Christmas album with a new rendition of "The First Noel" or "Sleigh Bells." As much as I love those familiar Christmas songs, I love hearing new ones or different ones that you don't normally hear this time of year. When Christmas albums come out with a bunch of songs that have been overdone, I'll listen but can become tired of it pretty quickly. The thing that sticks out to me most about this project is the song selection on this project. Sure, there are a couple of more familiar Christmas songs, but there are so many other great ones that you don't hear as often or that I hadn't heard before.

The project starts with the a cappella title song, "An Evening in December." The background harmonies are so great on this project. Kelly gets the feature on this one and makes it a beautiful song. This is one of two a cappella songs on the project; Amber also sings "Silent Night."

Jason is featured on the second song on the album, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." I think this is a great version of this song by Jason and Kelly and Amber add some great harmonies.

One of my favorites from the project is "Light a Candle." I love this Christmas song, but don't consider it one that's overdone. Amber gets the feature on this one and does an amazing job.  Absolutely beautiful!

Autumn also sings one on the project, "Happy Birthday Jesus." Autumn is developing into quite a singer, and I look forward to hearing more from her!

I had never heard the song "Rest on Me" until their concert last week. Kelly sings this song from Mary's perspective. It's a beautiful song about Mary holding baby Jesus thinking all that He's been put on earth to do and about one day resting in Him.

The highlight of the project for me has to be "More Than Wonderful," which is not necessarily a Christmas song, but definitely fits on this album. It's a powerful song that has great delivery by Amber and Jason!

Family groups are often known for their incredible harmonies, and the Nelons definitely have that. With that and the great song selection, the album is a must add to your Christmas music collection.

Song List:
1. "An Evening in December"
2. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
3. "Light a Candle"**
4. "The Loneliest Christmas"
5. "More Than Wonderful"**
6. "Silent Night"
7. "Rest on Me"**
8. "Happy Birthday Jesus"
9. "Christmas All Year"**
10. "Auld Lang Syne"

**Personal favorites

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