10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The veteran Christian music trio Phillips, Craig & Dean emphasize the greater meaning of Jesus’ birth as they celebrate the holiday season on Hope for All the World. The album doesn’t stray too far from the group’s familiar fusion of country, pop, and rock, emphasizing expert vocal blends and brightly polished arrangements. PC&D show off the various elements of their sound, favoring buoyant pop/rock on “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “The First Noel,” getting folksy on the medley “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings,” and mixing acoustic and synthesized textures on “Do You Hear What I Hear?” The most left-field entry is “Jingle Bells (Duck Mix),” a zany album finale complete with cartoon quacked vocals. The real meat of this collection, though, are the original tunes, with the exuberant “Born Is the King (It’s Christmas),” the galloping “Suddenly,” and the string-draped “God Bless Us” (notable for its lyrical nod to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol) standing out. The trio fills both the traditional carols and the newly written material with joyful optimism grounded in faith and tempered with compassion for the saved and the sinner alike.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The veteran Christian music trio Phillips, Craig & Dean emphasize the greater meaning of Jesus’ birth as they celebrate the holiday season on Hope for All the World. The album doesn’t stray too far from the group’s familiar fusion of country, pop, and rock, emphasizing expert vocal blends and brightly polished arrangements. PC&D show off the various elements of their sound, favoring buoyant pop/rock on “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “The First Noel,” getting folksy on the medley “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings,” and mixing acoustic and synthesized textures on “Do You Hear What I Hear?” The most left-field entry is “Jingle Bells (Duck Mix),” a zany album finale complete with cartoon quacked vocals. The real meat of this collection, though, are the original tunes, with the exuberant “Born Is the King (It’s Christmas),” the galloping “Suddenly,” and the string-draped “God Bless Us” (notable for its lyrical nod to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol) standing out. The trio fills both the traditional carols and the newly written material with joyful optimism grounded in faith and tempered with compassion for the saved and the sinner alike.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

JoshWarwick ,

Joyful and fun

This is a fun, vibrant, joyful, modern album of Christmas tunes old and new. I loved it.

Sbreault78 ,

I LOVE PC&D but...

I have always LOVED PC&D. There's a few really good songs here. I was really looking forward to this Christmas album however something about it does not seem true to the PC&D I have grown to love over the years; both vocally and musically. I was hoping for a version of Born Is The King that was completely different from Hillsong, and the same goes for the God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings mashup as done by Bare Naked Ladies. I think if you're gonna do the same songs as other artists at least do a new arrangement.

The Bmanrocks ,

GREAT SOUND

This album is awesome. Their voices are awesome and they rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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