New Blizzard Symphony: A Christmas Heirloom 2001, Shroom Productions A Christmas Heirloom is a collection of Christmas music comprised of vocals and somewhat moderately progressive instrumentation. The instrumentation is highlighted by some decent acoustic fretwork in spots. Though the remainder presented a polished effort, I found the music lacking in compositional and technical depth, for the most part. However, I doubt that this was the goal intended by this band of musicians that appear to have set out to create a collection of original Christmas music built around these mostly original compositions that probably are not aimed at a progressive audience. If they are, they fell short of that mark. However, I think there is probably an audience for this type of music. But, I am not sure who this may be. The highlight of this CD for me was the instrumental rendition of "Ukranian Carol", a well-known Christmas favorite. The instrumentation on "Ukranian Carol" was good enough to attract my attention and it seems to have been a focal point for the instrumental aspect of this effort. I also got a kick out of "The Day After Christmas", probably because this is my birthday, and also "Two Snowflakes (Exactly Alike)" for its premise and musical characterization. So, although my disdain for vocal and lyrical pollution of good instrumentation was a barrier in my acceptance of this music, I was able to find a few compositions on the CD that saved it from oblivion (the clutches of my dog, Sugar, as a doggie toy). But, I will put forth that my view is that if you are going to put vocals with music, the singing had better be approached just like any other instrument and the vocal abilities should be measured just as players are measured on other instruments. In this case, I think it is not that the singing is bad, but it just does not grab you as it does with great singers. The singing lacks conviction and presence. Tracks: 1) Proclamation 2) Offsprings 3) Santa Claus Is Here 4) Searching For A Tree 5) Captured Information 6) Christmas King 7) Two Snowflakes (Exactly Alike) 8) Christmas Eve Blizzard / Whiteout 9) Heirloom 10) Ukranian Carol 11) Sun On The Snowman's Brow 12) The Day After Tomorrow 13) The Box Opens ~ Christopher Ruel ~ www.ChrisRuel.com ~ Chris@ChrisRuel.com ~
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