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Joy to the World

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Faith Hill 9/16/2008

Review

Faith Hill's holiday album Joy to the World is a proudly old-fashioned record -- almost too much so, really, as there is nothing surprising about it, from its collection of shopworn standards to the full-blown yet curiously stiff production. Basically, this is an album where if you read the title, you will know how the song will sound: "Joy to the World" gets a big, bombastic, orchestral arrangement appropriate for a concert recital, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" swings like Sinatra conducted by Billy May, "Little Drummer Boy" is prim and proper, "Holly Jolly Christmas" feels pulled from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, "Away in a Manger" is sweet and stately. Everything is business as usual, right down to Hill's performances: big, not blustery; they're immaculate theater, sometimes verging on grandstanding but often suited for the occasion. Which might not make Joy to the World a singular holiday album in any respect -- it's too pat and perfect to be memorable -- but for anybody looking for a new old-fashioned Christmas album, this suits the bill just fine. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Joy to the World Faith Hill 2:12
  3. 2 What Child Is This? Faith Hill 3:34
  4. 3 Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Faith Hill 2:44
  5. 4 Little Drummer Boy Faith Hill 3:5
  6. 5 O Come, All Ye Faithful Faith Hill 3:46
  7. 6 Holly Jolly Christmas Faith Hill 2:17
  8. 7 Away in a Manger Faith Hill 3:12
  9. 8 O Holy Night! Faith Hill 4:57
  10. 9 Winter Wonderland Faith Hill 2:37
  11. 10 Silent Night, Holy Night! Faith Hill 3:8
  12. 11 A Baby Changes Everything Faith Hill 4:51

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