Sunday, December 4, 2011

Erica Lane: A Merry Little Christmas Review

If you’ve never heard the name Erica Lane before, the A Merry Little Christmas EP is a fantastic introduction. The former Miss Houston has had many successes over the past few years, including that of starring in JCTV’s Inspired Ambition TV series, and having her self-penned single “Angels in the Snow” featured in The Christmas Snow film. But it’s that Christmas single that headlines the new album from Lane, a heart-breaking, but hopeful tale of one who lost their father on Christmas eve, and finds hope through making angels in the snow. The EP also features five other glamorous singles, showcasing Erica’s amazing talent and beautiful voice.

“Silent” opens up the EP, very classical sounding, and more so because of Erica’s gentle vocals. “Sleigh Bells/Marshmallow Word” follows, sounding like a 50s Christmas film, very jolly and exciting. A duet, the fun feeling of “Sleigh Bells” was retained through this cover, though I may add that Erica’s vocals may be a little too nice for such a fun track as this! :)

The jazzy “Jingle Bells” is honestly not the best rendition of this track I have heard, probably sounding a little outdated, but does have the Christmas spirit in the piano. Then, mostly acoustic guitar, Erica Lane’s vocals match “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” perfectly, bringing a new richness to the beloved Christmas song.

The tear-jerking, slow and heart-breaking “Angels in the Snow” follows. And though it’s extremely sad, as it talks about losing a loved one and the fight for comfort in the midst of the tragedy, I also believe the track offers hope for the hurting by sympathizing with the pain and grief. And lastly, the slower “Saved Tonight” has a slight futuristic feel to it, talking about the glamour of Christmas, the cheer, the fire, the story-telling, the singing, the snowing, and all the rest. But it goes a step further (and so do Erica Lane’s vocals!) to speak of how the unspeakable gift of Jesus Christ has saved us.

Erica Lane’s vocals are amazing, and the A Merry Little Christmas EP is a great one. You’ll hear some upbeat, cheery Christmas carols, but new and original, plus the tear-jerking “Angels In the Snow.” It’s got a little of everything for the Christmas season, so do yourself a favor and check out the EP!

Rating: 3.5/5
Release date: November 8, 2011

Track listing:
1. Silent Night
2. Sleigh Ride/ Marshmellow World
3. Jingle Bells
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. Angels in the Snow
6. Saved Tonight

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