PAUL BALOCHE : Christmas Worship Vol.2. (Absolute : B00ZGJ85V6)
This second volume of Christmas songs sees Paul Baloche sing various festive tunes, and marries some of them up with more modern hymns. The acoustic “Joy to the World” is a fine opening song. “For Unto Us a Child is Born” gets the ‘marriage’ treatment, paring it with “Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord.” Later on “The First Noel” is matched up with a favourite song of mine “Above All.” Despite this, it still did sound rather strange listening to the two songs linked together. There’s a nice duet on “O Holy Night”, while “Gloria” is a typical modern praise song that praises God in the highest. For me, a little like Paul’s other recent recordings, his singing style is rather lethargic, and I found myself getting rather bored by the middle of the album. However, “Silent Night” features some nice guitar phrases, and there’s a wistful female vocal of the closing “When Love Crossed Over.” If you want a modern take on traditional carols, you may well enjoy this release. Personally, I wasn’t too impressed. 5/10.