10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Casting Crowns lends an aura of drama to almost everything it record, and the band’s Christmas album Peace On Earth is no exception. The album’s mix of traditional hymns and contemporary material infuses a sense of awe to even familiar material. Though the band’s electric side is downplayed, it conveys considerable power through the use of acoustic guitars and pianos. Singer Mark Hall sounds like he was born to sing Christmas songs — his resonantly expressive tenor brings out the spiritual portent in “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” and “Joy to the World.” Bandmate Melodee DeVevo joins him on a heartfelt version of Amy Grant’s “God Is With Us.” The standout tunes here are a (slightly) revised take on the band’s “While You Were Sleeping” and a modern-day recasting of the Longfellow poem “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day.” Both of these tracks reaffirm Casting Crowns’ ability to update biblical themes with a sense of emotional urgency. That it manages to do this in the context of a holiday album is impressive. Peace On Earth is a worthy addition to this phenomenally popular band’s catalogue.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Casting Crowns lends an aura of drama to almost everything it record, and the band’s Christmas album Peace On Earth is no exception. The album’s mix of traditional hymns and contemporary material infuses a sense of awe to even familiar material. Though the band’s electric side is downplayed, it conveys considerable power through the use of acoustic guitars and pianos. Singer Mark Hall sounds like he was born to sing Christmas songs — his resonantly expressive tenor brings out the spiritual portent in “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” and “Joy to the World.” Bandmate Melodee DeVevo joins him on a heartfelt version of Amy Grant’s “God Is With Us.” The standout tunes here are a (slightly) revised take on the band’s “While You Were Sleeping” and a modern-day recasting of the Longfellow poem “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day.” Both of these tracks reaffirm Casting Crowns’ ability to update biblical themes with a sense of emotional urgency. That it manages to do this in the context of a holiday album is impressive. Peace On Earth is a worthy addition to this phenomenally popular band’s catalogue.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
339 Ratings
339 Ratings
JarsofCastingCrowns ,

Buy a few

So some of this cd is your typical Christmas music, but "I Heard the Beels On Christmas Day" is an absolutely amazing song! The new rendition has a completely original sound and the children's choir on the chorus is awesome. This cd should be bought solely for the purpose of listening to that song.

blink182bass0 ,

Casting Crowns Rocks!! Come back to UMass Amherst!!!

Casting Crowns is one of the best Christian bands of all time and it is awesome that they have a Christmas CD. Christmas is truely the most wonderful time of the year and I am glad that I now get to listen to Casting Crowns enhance the Christmas Spirit.

dolfandad ,

FINALLY! A+

I have been waiting Christmas season after Christmas season for this and it has not disappointed. Casting Crowns bring the classics as well as the originals with "I heard the bells on Christmas Day" which is an incredibly well orchestrated show stopper! It really brings out the desire for this Christmas season! Thank you Casting Crowns for giving me my Christmas wish! God Bless all and please buy this album and enjoy the season with Christ the way Casting Crowns has desired for their music!

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