Monday, November 28, 2011

Beckah Shae: Emmanuel Review

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Beckah Shae is one of my favorite artists and top inspirations. Her Scripture-packed music reaches lives everywhere, and the message of her past two successful records Destiny and Life – to see the world through God’s eyes – is one that continues to make Beckah special. So what could be better than a Christmas album from this stellar female-vocalist? Emmanuel is a perfect, cheery Christmas album!

A short aceppella opening, “O Come All Ye Faithful” is very melodic with stunning harmonies, singing through the beloved carol once. “Christmas Love” features cheery piano and Christmas bells that set the Christmas mood very well. Speaking of how it all comes down to love, a piano-break for “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is perfect, making this a simply fantastic track.“Angels (We Have Heard On High)” slows things down, but the deep and serious tone, mixed again with Christmas bells and Beckah’s angelic vocals are terrific. “Kadosh (Holy One)” is simply beautiful, soaking in just what love Christ gave us on that first Christmas. “Do You Hear What I Hear” also follows, very stellar, mostly because of Beckah’s AMAZING vocals.

An exciting instrumental version of “Carol of the Bells” serves as an intermission, but was possibly my favorite track off the whole record! The booming drums, piano melody combinations, and of course, the wonderful Christmas bells all mix perfectly. It’s also definitely one of the most upbeat renditions I’ve heard of this single too. Kudos to “Shoc” on this great instrumental! :)

Beckah Shae’s amazing vocals match “O Holy Night” absolutely perfectly, very angelic and harmonizing. Next, the title track is Beckah’s cover of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” in which electronic effects added to Beckah’s vocals combine with the serene music for another wonderful Christmas carol. Seriously, Beckah Shae does only the best!

“Merry Christmas Baby” and “Most Beautiful Time of the Year,” the Christmas singles from Emmanuel, follow as my personal favorite set of songs from this wonderful Christmas album. They are perfect in every way – jolly piano and Christmas bells mixed with Beckah’s unmatched vocals. They also do a great job of getting the listener in to the Christmas mood!

Closing the album is “Because He’s Born,” a slower piano track that contemplates just how much Christ gave us by coming to this earth for us. We also hear an adorable clip of Beckah’s daughter Joy Shiri singing “Happy Birthday Jesus.”

All in all, Emmanuel is an amazing Christmas project! There’s no one who can deliver Christmas carols better than Beckah Shae. Her stunning vocals, the choice of wonderful carols and originals, plus the Christmas cheer the album offers are all fantastic!

Rating: 4.5/5
Release date: October 28, 2011

Track listing:
1. O Come All Ye Faithful
2. Christmas Love
3. Angels We Have Heard on High
4. Kadosh (Holy One)
5. Do You Hear What I Hear?
6. Carol of the Bells (Instrumental)
7. O Holy Night
8. Emmanuel
9. Merry Christmas Baby
10. Most Beautiful Time of the Year
11. Because He’s Born
12. Happy Birthday Jesus (Joy Shiri)

3 comments:

  1. Good album review for the Beckah Shae Christmas album. I liked it. Looking forward to getting this album as soon as I can.

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  2. This looks like an album to invest in. :) I have been reading your raves about Beckah Shae for quite some time, and then I finally heard her music. OH MY GOSH no wonder you are so enthusiastic! She is outstanding!

    I think it's kind of hard for a music artist to pull off a Christmas album. I mean, HOW MANY DIFFERENT WAYS can a 500-year old hymn be sung, right?? But some Christian artists just sparkle. From what I've heard of Shae, I am looking forward to checking this album out.

    Sheesh, Jay-- between you and my son, I think I'm getting interested in Christian music again! I got turned off with it for many years after Christian radio, and then when some artists were involved in "scandals" that made me sad. It's wonderful to see some artists turning to the scriptures and the traditional music again. Yay!

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  3. @Josh... glad you'll be getting it! It's fabulous :)

    @Rebecca... Well I'm honored! I definitely know what you mean about Christian music, and Beckah definitely stands out because of her creativity and Spirit-filled lyrics and music! I'm going to have a review of her Scripture Snacks album up here very soon, and I think you might like it. :) Thanks for commenting! Glad you love Beckah Shae! :D

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