Friday, November 18, 2011

Album Review: "One Silent Night" by FFH

Release Date: October 11, 2011
Genre: Christmas
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


After thirteen projects, seven No. 1 singles, and over two million albums sold, FFH (Far From Home) releases their first Christmas album! Released on October 11 of this year, One Silent Night features Christmas classics as well as originals. I was given the opportunity to review this album which I promptly agreed to, and I must say that I am very glad I did.

The album opens with the classic song "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Jennifer taking lead vocals and Jeromy providing backup vocals, both of which mix together well in the entire album. The song really displays the great love between the two and has a great swing tune. Following it is another Christmas classic, "Jingle Bell Rock." Though this song never sounds as good as the original when covered, I still found FFH's version to sound great!

"One Silent Night" is the first original on the album as well as the first "Christian Christmas song." It
features strings and a soft melody with Jeromy on lead vocals. In the chorus, he sings, "One Silent Night/ One Holy Night/ When all was calm/ When all was bright/ With no one to kneel/ And no one to see/ Heaven came down/ And changed everything/ Let all the earth recieve her King!" The next track is another familiar tune, "I'll Be Home For Christmas." As expected, the song is very soft and slow, and it features a bit of a jazz style as well that goes along perfectly with the tune.

The second original song of the record is "The Birthday of the King" which focuses on Jesus's birth. FFH sings "All of creation joins to sing/ Throughout the nations anthems ring/ Our humble hearts/ The gifts we bring/ To celebrate the birthday of our king." The music that goes along with these lyrics make the song very beautiful and one of the best tracks on the album! "O Come O Come Emmanuel," a song of similar topic, follows and features strings and a lot of acoustic guitar and piano.

One of the most upbeat songs on the album is "Winter Wonderland" which will have you dancing or moving some part of your body to the music. During the final minute of the song, the band sings a short excerpt from "The Little Drummer Boy" which fits right into the song's rhythm. "Glorious Impossible," the third original on the record, sounds like a worship song but has a Christmas flavor to it. In the song, the band sings of the great glory of Christ Jesus who was born to save us!

One Silent Night closes with one more classic as well as an original. "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is acoustic guitar-based, and with Jennifer's lead vocals, the song is delivered softly and pleasantly. "Heaven and Nature Sing" was actually first released in 2009 as a Christmas single. It is similar to "Joy to the World," but is a more peaceful song in which FFH declares "Let Heaven and nature sing/ Glory to the King!"

FFH's first Christmas album is entirely a success! Jeromy and Jennifers vocals sounds so beautiful in these songs, and I would like to hear more Christmas songs from them. The covers of the classic songs are well done, which is not always easy, and the originals are great as well. This is definitely an album that all Christmas music, Christian music, and FFH fans need to hear. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Top 3 Songs

  1. The Birthday of the King
  2. Winter Wonderland
  3. Baby It's Cold Outside
TRACK LISTING

  1. Baby, It's Cold Outside
  2. Jingle Bell Rock
  3. One Silent Night
  4. I'll Be Home For Christmas
  5. Birthday of the King
  6. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  7. Winter Wonderland
  8. Glorious Impossible
  9. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
  10. Heaven and Nature Sing
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    6 comments:

    God Tunes Reviews said...

    Great review Justin! This is definitely an album I'll be listening to this holiday season! And I didn't know that FFH stood for 'Far From Home'! Thanks for the heads up!! :D

    Justin Morden said...

    Thanks GTR! You'll really enjoy it! And I actually didn't know it meant Far From Home either until I began reviewing this album. :D

    Josh said...

    Good album review for the new FFH Christmas album I liked it. I will be getting this album as soon as I can.

    Justin Morden said...

    @Josh Thanks! You will definitely like it!

    Jesselyn said...

    Another great review, Justin! Well done!

    Justin Morden said...

    @Jesselyn Thanks, Jess! Glad you like it! :)