Christmas Classics 1003


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Review Text Usually compared to Enigma, the dance/opera crossover group Operatica's Christmas album finds them sounding more like the soundtrack to Disney's Electric Light Parade of 20 years prior than anything fresh and new. When producer Lord Vanger isn't creating soundscapes that are limp and uninspired, he sounds downright misdirected. The large, dubby thumps on "Away in the Manger" are like a laptop jockey's prank, and the Tangerine Dream-esque intro to "Silent Night" is especially tedious. Operatica actually attempts some glitch-style noise over Maureen O'Flynn's simple and sweet singing, making the album even harder to understand or tolerate. Are they coming at this from an underground angle or trying to appeal to the masses? Neither will be satisfied and the album comes off as a disastrous jam session between Perrey-Kingsley and Charlotte Church. ~ David Jeffries

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht (Silent Night) - 4:59
  2. 2. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fidelis) - 5:39
  3. 3. Nutcrackeratica (after Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite) - 4:39
  4. 4. Deck the Halls (Welsh) - 3:38
  5. 5. Away in a Manger - 4:34
  6. 6. O Little Town of Bethlehem - 5:20
  7. 7. What Child Is This? (Greensleeves) - 4:35
  8. 8. We Three Kings of Orient Are - 5:17
  9. 9. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (adapted by W. H. Cummings from Mendelssohn's Festgesang for the Gutenberg Festival) - 3:21
  10. 10. First Nowell (English) - 5:45

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