By Hannah Compton
Firstly, I have to say it is a shock that this is the first Christmas album Rascal Flatts have released, especially when considering how long they been around but it is a very welcome release and I am glad they have finally done so.
Rascal Flatts are one of the most loved vocal groups in country music and with the unique and angelic-gospel vocal stylings of Gary LeVox, there was no way that this album was going to be a let down and I am happy to say that in my opinion, it is just as you would hope for and more. Gary’s voice suits christmas music beautifully and he brings Christmas and all the festivities to life in this album.
Rascal Flatts have brought their own style and sound to these songs almost making them their own. This album makes me excited for Christmas already and I am so glad that at the one time of year that Country music takes a break in my house, that this year, I get to still play country in true Christmas style.
Joy To The World – this is a great jazzed up version which gets you in the christmas spirit right from the start. It has such a wonderful piano intro and many fantastic instruments throughout. It is like listening to a Big Band performance.
O Holy Night – the piano intro reminds me of Oh Father by Madonna. This has always been a moving and emotional song and Rascal Flatts make it even more so with their harmonious vocals.
Deck The Halls – an old school rock style version with an element of doo wop and soul. This is a whole new version of the song and brings it under a totally different Christmas light.
A Strange Way To Save The World – Originally recorded by 4Him, this song has a certain R&B twist to it, I have not heard the original so am not going to compare. Jay DeMarcus takes the lead vocal first on this track. Rascal Flatts have been performing this song for a while at Christmas so I am glad it made the album.
Go Tell It On The Mountain – a gospel christmas version with a bit of funk and soul, very uplifting and one I can imagine I will be playing on christmas day to set the mood and get everyone moving.
Let It Snow – starts off A Capella with the sound of Santa’s sleigh bells. When the drum beat kicks in, the song becomes more of the jingle that it is with great backing vocals from Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney. Again a bit of added doo wop mixed with gospel.
Silent Night – such an adorable start with really stunning and highly impressive vocals from all the group members children. What a great idea and an amazingly moving contribution to the album at such a wonderful time of year. Almost brought me to tears and made me appreciate how much of a gift children are.
Someday At Christmas – I had never heard this song before but it’s always nice to have a new Christmas song in the household. Again, shared vocals in this song which changes it up a bit in a good way. As far as I am aware, all three Flatts take a lead role vocally in this track.
The First Noel – a much more pop sound than the rest of the album. It mostly sticks to the original sound but with a generic pop sound.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – This song is very fitting to Gary’s voice and the harmonies are on top form throughout the track. A lovely finish to a great Christmas album.
I thoroughly enjoyed this album and look forward to playing it at Christmas time. If you love Country Music and Christmas then this is a must have album for you.
Rascal Flatts – The Greatest Gift Of All – is available now and can be downloaded here ;
The Greatest Gift of All by Rascal Flatts