With one of Christian music’s more pure voices, Meredith Andrews brings her first full-length Christmas album to market this year with Receive Our King (buy). Including a mix of traditional favorites and original tunes, it’s with the latter where this album truly shines. Lyrically, “Labor Of Love” might be one of the most honest and revealing observations of Mary put to song, “The stable was not clean, and the cobblestones were cold / Little Mary, full of grace, with the tears upon her face, had no mother’s hand to hold.” An obvious homage to Imogen Heap‘s “Hide And Seek” can be heard in Andrews’ version of “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” which, stylistically would have been considered “innovative” if it were released some twelve years ago (so, we’ll consider this a “throwback?”). Her collaboration with Big Daddy Weave‘s Mike Weaver on last year’s single release “Receive Our King” gives this album it’s name and anchor, and no-doubt personal highlight for Andrews in recording with her son Maverick Sooter (including production from husband Jacob Sooter) on the mashup of “Away In A Manger / The Gospel Changes Everything” from her 2013 EP Behold The Savior. No stranger to releasing memorable Christmas music, This LP and especially its original contents will find many welcome households for many holiday seasons to come.
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