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Joy To The World

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  • Audio CD (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heinz/Wrasse
  • ASIN: B0042X8MQU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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According to the band, Joy to the World is a "non denominational and inclusive holiday album featuring festive seasonal music from around the world". The album features fourteen songs, including "White Christmas" in Japanese, "Carol of the Bells" in the original Ukranian and a Fela-inspired version of "We Three Kings", as well as the single "Snowglobe".

BBC Review

Portland’s eclectic 12-piece ‘little orchestra’ have always teetered between sincere affection for the diverse range of music they mine, and an undeniable penchant for retro kitsch. So it’s no surprise that their fifth release turns out to be a full-blown Christmas album. Or, as the press release puts it, a "non-denominational and inclusive holiday album", consisting of (mostly) well-known Christmas and other festive songs from around the world. Since they have famously multi-lingual singer China Forbes, there’s no real need for guests, though that doesn’t stop them roping in quite a few. The concept seems tailor-made for this group, and indeed fits them pretty much like a glove.

They like White Christmas so much they do it twice, first with Forbes giving her best Julie London impression over Dan Faehnle’s jazzy guitar sketches. Then there’s a surprising lovely version in Japanese by Saori Yuki ("the Barbara Streisand of Japan") backed by the crooning of The Pacific Youth Choir, who also appear on the suitably frosty-sounding Shchedryk (Ukrainian Bell Carol).

The hilarious Santa Baby has been done by everyone from Madonna to Taylor Swift, though none has ever matched the late, great Eartha Kitt’s camp proto-bling version, and Pink Martini wisely don’t stray far from it. However, Auld Lang Syne gets a lively samba overhaul, with verses in English, French and Arabic, while We Three Kings has an understated Afrobeat flavour, and both work surprisingly well.

It’s unlikely the world needs any more covers of Little Drummer Boy, and the reverent Hebrew prayer Elohai, N’tzor and the Chinese language Congratulations – A Happy New Year Song sit a little awkwardly with some of the more comic moments. The only original composition is A Snowglobe Christmas – co-written by Forbes and Pink Martini founder Thomas M. Lauderdale – and it slips seamlessly into the flow.

Of course, the arrangements and winter wonderland production aesthetics are immaculate throughout, with Lauderdale’s versatile piano skills especially noteworthy. It’s hard to decide how much of it is tongue-in-cheek, and the feeling that Pink Martini are ever so gently pulling your leg is never far away. But that shouldn’t spoil the (sleigh) ride.

--Jon Lusk

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I was introduced to Pink Martini on the Paul O'Grady Show on Radio 2 and now eagerly await anything they do....this Christmas offering is different, alternative, challenging in some ways - but also delightful and refuses to conform. Love it as a perfect companion to everything else you might have to play at Christmas time.....Now That's what I call Christmas music!!
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In true traditional Pink Martini style, they have produced this wonderful Christmas album which transports me back to a different era. The album features festive songs from around the world, singing them not only in English, but different languages.

I also love the 3D album artwork which is of a city at Christmas-time, with snowflakes in the background. Would make a lovely Christmas pressie for someone!

I will definitely be playing this non-stop in the run up to Christmas. It really gets you into the Christmas spirit and warms the cockles of your heart!
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It may only be played once a year, but Pink Martini's Christmas album is a definite cut above the usual offerings because of their usual eclectic take on classic songs. Even their version of 'Little Drummer Boy' (a perennial hate of mine) is very pleasant on the ear, thanks to China Forbes' sublime vocal.
As a Scot, I'm not entirely convinced about the samba version of Auld Lang Syne, but as they do it with such panache I'm prepared to forgive them.
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Because I'm a real Pink Martini fan, I was looking forward to this album for months. I ordered two copies, one for my mum as a christmas gift and one for myself because you just can't go wrong with a Pink Martini album! The album is great to give away, because of the beautiful artwork and of course the fantastic songs.

The album has some christmas songs you probably already know, but with the undeniable Pink Martini twist, which just makes you wanna dance to them.

As always they also have some surprising songs in other languages, of which no. 5: Elohai, N'tzor is a true gem.

So, if you buy only one Christmas album this year, let it be this one, you will listen to it over and over again!
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Simply the ultimate uber-chic rendition of well-loved Christmas classics and gorgeous hidden gems. The bongo version of the "Little Drummer Boy" is delightfully quirky, "Santa-baby" drips with harmonic opulence, but my particular favourite simply has to be the latino make-over for "Auld Lang Syne" which transforms this quintissential New Year send-off into a Rio-de-Janeiro style party-piece that would have even your Scottish granny hoofing it up! This CD should be played continuously over the Festive period - it is sheer quality and, as a previous reviewer so rightly observes, it is a wonderful Christmas gift for that certain someone in your life with impeccable taste.
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I've yet to hear this as it is a present for someone. If it's anything like my other Pink Martini it'll be just lovely. Hopefully the person who receives it will want to play it continually as I do with 'Retrospective'.
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I've been a fan of Pink Martini ever since a friend gave me one of their early CDs. This album keeps the same sound but goes for a slightly more sacharin choice of music. It's the sort that could so easily be playing in a boutique at this time of year. It is ideal backing music for a party, but not the sit down and wallow that has been so evident in previous albums. All in all, another good album, but not one to use to introduce people to Pink Martini.
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Having read all the positive reviews on here for this CD, I was expecting great things of it. However, my optimism soon turned to bored disappointment.

The first song, White Christmas (part 1) starts the album off brightly enough, but I am at a loss as to why we need part 2? It is virtually an instrumental version of the same song, and is more than a little dull!

Santa Baby sounds exactly the same as every other version I've heard (Madonna, Kylie etc) and brings nothing new to the table. Drummer Boy is a snooze-fest as it loses the fun aspect of the song, and I just found it boring!

The token foreign songs are pleasant enough, but again seem a little flat. Do You Hear What I Hear is lovely though, and China Forbes' voice is beautiful as usual. Overall though, the album left me disappointed - I was expecting something a little more quirky and upbeat. Maybe it will grow on me! If I ever listen to it again!
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