Review: Get into holiday spirit with these Christmas albums

BY JOE TENNIS | TENNIS ANYONE?  Dec 16, 2018

Audrey Assad’s ethereal vocals sonically soar over Paul Cardall’s haunting “In the Bleak Midwinter.” 

The track comes from Cardall’s freshly released “Christmas,” an often moody yet elegant collection of piano- and string-laden songs. 

Cardall leads with “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and later moves through a spiritual standard, “O Come O Come Emmanuel,” that’s rich and frothy. 

It’s also the perfect lead to the more plaintive “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth.” 

The pianist sticks with spirituals for this set, one of the classiest collections available this holiday season.

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