Very Merry Christmas (Bonus Track Version)
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||Very Merry Christmas||Dave Barnes||3:49||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Christmas Tonight (with Hillary Scott)||Dave Barnes & Hillary Scott||3:19||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||All I Want for Christmas is You||Dave Barnes||3:55||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Meet Me At the Mistletoe||Dave Barnes||2:43||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||I'll be Home for Christmas||Dave Barnes||3:03||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||I Pray on Christmas||Dave Barnes||3:10||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Family Tree||Dave Barnes||3:57||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Holiday Made for Two||Dave Barnes||3:54||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||The Christmas Song||Dave Barnes||3:36||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Mary and Joseph||Dave Barnes||3:58||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel (Bonus Track)||Dave Barnes||3:00||£0.79||View in iTunes|
Released half a year after What We Want, What We Get, this holiday album finds Dave Barnes casually occupying the intersection between pop, adult contemporary, acoustic folk, and Christian music. Barnes’ Southern roots are on full display here; each song plays up the soulful swagger of his voice, and he keeps the arrangements relatively sparse, relying on a mix of acoustic guitar, brushed percussion, and Hammond organ that conjures up images of after-hours jazz clubs. Thad Cockrell, another Deep South songwriter with ties to the CCM scene, makes an appearance on “Mary & Joseph,” and Barnes fills the title track with gospel harmonies courtesy of Tennessee friends Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders, and Scat Springs. The highlight, though, is his duet with Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott on “Christmas Tonight,” a Barnes original that takes its cues from the Frank Loesser standard “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Some perfectly fine covers are tossed into the mix, too, including Bing Crosby’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” but Very Merry Christmas functions best as a showcase for Barnes’ songwriting and singing, both of which are in fine form throughout.
Super melodies and great arrangements with no vocal acrobatics - just a warm and husky soulful voice. His duet with Hillary Scott is absolutely wonderful. The album is perfect! Exactly what I was looking for.
Born: 20 June 1978 in South Carolina
Years Active: '00s, '10s