10 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The veteran Christian music trio Phillips, Craig & Dean emphasize the greater meaning of Jesus’ birth as they celebrate the holiday season on Hope for All the World. The album doesn’t stray too far from the group’s familiar fusion of country, pop, and rock, emphasizing expert vocal blends and brightly polished arrangements. PC&D show off the various elements of their sound, favoring buoyant pop/rock on “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “The First Noel,” getting folksy on the medley “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings,” and mixing acoustic and synthesized textures on “Do You Hear What I Hear?” The most left-field entry is “Jingle Bells (Duck Mix),” a zany album finale complete with cartoon quacked vocals. The real meat of this collection, though, are the original tunes, with the exuberant “Born Is the King (It’s Christmas),” the galloping “Suddenly,” and the string-draped “God Bless Us” (notable for its lyrical nod to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol) standing out. The trio fills both the traditional carols and the newly written material with joyful optimism grounded in faith and tempered with compassion for the saved and the sinner alike.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The veteran Christian music trio Phillips, Craig & Dean emphasize the greater meaning of Jesus’ birth as they celebrate the holiday season on Hope for All the World. The album doesn’t stray too far from the group’s familiar fusion of country, pop, and rock, emphasizing expert vocal blends and brightly polished arrangements. PC&D show off the various elements of their sound, favoring buoyant pop/rock on “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “The First Noel,” getting folksy on the medley “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings,” and mixing acoustic and synthesized textures on “Do You Hear What I Hear?” The most left-field entry is “Jingle Bells (Duck Mix),” a zany album finale complete with cartoon quacked vocals. The real meat of this collection, though, are the original tunes, with the exuberant “Born Is the King (It’s Christmas),” the galloping “Suddenly,” and the string-draped “God Bless Us” (notable for its lyrical nod to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol) standing out. The trio fills both the traditional carols and the newly written material with joyful optimism grounded in faith and tempered with compassion for the saved and the sinner alike.

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About Phillips, Craig & Dean

Phillips, Craig & Dean first appeared in 1992, when the trio's self-titled debut introduced a blend of Christian ministry, vocal harmony, and contemporary pop/rock songwriting. From the start, the group wielded a good deal of influence in the sacred community, earning nominations at the yearly Dove Awards and routinely dominating the charts on CCM radio. Albums like Trust, Lifeline, Where Strength Begins, and Restoration maintained such popularity throughout the '90s, and Phillips, Craig & Dean ushered in the 21st century by redefining themselves as worship-oriented band.

Let My Words Be Few, Let Your Glory Fall, and Top of My Lungs all drew from the musicians' work as full-time pastors, featuring as much emphasis on scripture as the music itself. The group remained marketable, however, having scored a total of 18 chart-topping singles by the time Fearless appeared in 2009. ~ John Bush

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1991

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