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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

20 Ratings

A must have for the Christmas season!!!

ModPodGal,

At last - The Priests have recorded a Christmas album - and it was well worth the wait. Every song on this beautifully crafted and produced CD is a gem. Every song except the collaboration with Shane McGowan; sorry - it just doesn't work. The Bing Crosby/David Bowie version worked because Bowie proved he was more than just a rock singer. McGowan sounds as if he had one too many Guinnesses on the way to the studio. It might have worked well with another singer; sadly, this singer isn't it. That being said, the rest of the album is delightful. It's hard to pick a favourite but I might have to vote for "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen". Also, the version of "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth" featuring just The Fathers is gorgeous. I can't say enough good things about this CD. Too bad SONY isn't promoting the heck out of it. It could become a Christmas classic for many families. Well done, Fathers - another beautiful CD!!

Christmas in the Drunk Tank

crystallyn,

Personally I like the version of Little Drummer Boy with McGowan...he sounds exactly like you would expect him to sound, with one two many Guinesses in him on the way to the studio. He wouldn't be the same any other way!

About The Priests

Like Il Divo, the Priests make classical music that's intended to appeal to a broad, pop-minded audience. Unlike other classical crossover acts, though, the group's members are all Roman Catholic priests. Father Eugene O'Hagan, Father Martin O'Hagan, and Father David Delargy hail from Northern Ireland, where they began singing together as students at St MacNissi's College. They later trained for the priesthood at the Irish College in Rome, and it was during this time that they were invited to sing for the Pope in the sacred liturgy. Returning to Ireland to work in their separate ministries, the three stayed linked and continued to sing together while still fulfilling their duties as full-time parish priests.

The Priests' ability to absorb and render sacred music, classical arias, and traditional Irish songs with a kind of rare accessibility led to a recording contract with RCA Victor. They began working with famed producer Mike Hedges, and their debut album, simply titled The Priests, was released in 2008. The album was a phenomenal (if unlikely) commercial success, charting high on Billboard's Classical Traditional and Christian/Gospel charts, and amazingly, hitting the number one spot on the Top 200 chart. In true priestly fashion, the trio's share of the proceeds from all this success went to their parishes and to support retired priests. A second album, Harmony, appeared in 2009 to significantly less fanfare, although it charted well in multiple countries. By the following year, the Priests had sold more than three million albums worldwide, and they wrapped up 2010 by releasing a traditional Christmas album, NOËL. ~ Steve Leggett

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