[ Kings College Cambridge / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 7 October 2016
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The King's Men is the close-harmony vocal group formed by the current choral scholars of King's College, Cambridge. Following on from the success of their 2014 release, After Hours, for their latest album on the college's own label, the King's Men showcase the lighter side of their seasonal repertoire, performing a mixture of Christmas tunes you won't be hearing in Nine Lessons and Carols any time soon.
Highlights include traditional favourites such as "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" alongside Pat Dunachie (now first alto in the King's Singers) channelling Mariah Carey on "All I want for Christmas is You" and Keith Robert's jocular arrangement of "12 Days of Christmas".
Unlike many close-harmony groups, the King's Men records together, balancing their voices acoustically instead of tracking each voice individually. What this approach sacrifices in precision, it more than makes up for in musical cohesion. Whether you're dreaming of a white Christmas, drowning in Christmas cards, waiting to catch a glimpse of Rudolph's red nose or simply wondering when all of those lord will stop a-leaping all over your lawn, this is an essential addition to your Christmas playlist.
1. The Angel Gabriel
2. Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer
3. Quel est c'est odeur
4. Dormi, dormi
5. Have yourself a merry little Christmas
6. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
7. White Christmastime
8. Santa baby
9. Schristmas Song
10. All I want for Christmas
11. I wish it could be Christmas
12. Christmas cards
13. Twelve Days of Christmas