WOW Christmas [2002]

Following the success of 2002's WOW Christmas is a new version for 2005, offering 30 holiday songs and Christian favorites stretched over two CDs. There are selections from veterans like Amy Grant ("Christmas to Remember"), Jars of Clay (a reverent "Little Drummer Boy"), and Michael W. Smith ("Welcome to Our World"), but it's the sound of contemporary Christian pop that dominates here. Barlowgirl and Relient K turn in rocked-up versions of "O Holy Night" and "Deck the Halls," while Selah's "Silent Night" is gentle and solemn. Other WOW highlights include Bethany Dillon adding a dusky R&B touch to "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and a slick, electronic-tinged "What Child Is This?" from ZOEgirl. ~ Johnny Loftus

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