A trio of Irish Catholic priests, two of them brothers, may seem like odd candidates for a major crossover marketing push by the RCA/Sony colossus, but whoever conceived this odd idea has carried it off reasonably effectively. Start with the makeup bucks that were surely involved; the blond-haired priest in the center, collar and all, is made to look like a cyborg from a hip science fiction movie. The surfaces come from the pop side; arranger Sally Herbert provided some of the more lush string backgrounds on Radiohead's recordings, and producer Mike Hedges has a résumé going back to the 1970s and encompassing such groups as the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees. But when it comes down to the basic musical product, nobody goes overboard. The three priests — two tenors and a baritone — have light voices that the production doesn't overwhelm, and they stick to familiar numbers like Franck's Panis Angelicus before turning to contemporary material. The newer songs are better suited to their slightly croonish voices, and they have an enjoyable mix of familiar numbers, like the seemingly ubiquitous Andrew Lloyd Webber Pie Jesu, and more unusual yet simple melodies, not only Irish but also, in a couple of cases, Spanish. The production is oddly echo-filled, but it comes off as spacious rather than grandiose, and it effectively knits the entire program together. It all coalesces into a group of Christmas sentimental favorites of the sacred sort, sung in ensemble by performers who've managed to bring some of their enjoyment of what they do to an outsized project. Recommended, especially as a holiday item for those whose gift-giving plans include light classical music.
Very enjoyable album
I like the album and would recommend it. The singing is very nice but not great, As I have never knowingly heard an angel singing I could not comment on the hype. The selection of tracks is good and on the whole the arrangements are acceptable but why they have a penny whistle over one of them is beyond my understanding. Still all that aside I was not dissapointed with this download so I give it a 4 star rating.
good and interesting
not usually what i buy but a great album and good to see it is bringing christian music back to the world and it is great to see it selling so well, now in the top ten for christmas well done guys
The real soul music
Feel very sorry for he one star reviewer, these guys,and their music, certainly inspire me and makes me feel like returning to Church.
Formed: Derry, Ireland
Years Active: '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by The Priests
||Ave Maria||The Priests||4:34||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pie Jesu||The Priests||3:13||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||O Holy Night||The Priests||3:31||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Abide With Me||The Priests||3:30||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth||Noël||3:28||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Panis Angelicus||The Priests||3:31||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||How Great Thou Art||Harmony||3:25||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Irish Blessing||The Priests||2:57||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Be Still My Soul||The Priests||2:39||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ave Maria||Hallelujah||4:34||£0.99||View in iTunes|