Friday, December 10, 2004

O Holy Night ...

... is a wholly remarkable new Christmas CD from Duvall. Duvall is the current band of Chicago's own Caterer brothers, Josh and Eli, formerly of Smoking Popes. Josh's conversion to Christianity and his leap into Christian-themed music has been pretty well documented. This Christmas album is notable for a couple of things. First is the religious nature of the song choices. No "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" or "Rudolph" remakes here -- these are straight up Christmas songs ("O Holy Night,""Away In A Manger," "O Come All Ye Faithful," etc.). Most are done, however, with the straight-ahead propulsiveness of a Popes tune.

What ties them together, of course, is the second notable thing about this record -- the utter distinctiveness of Josh Caterer's voice. A tenor unlike any other in rock music, Josh takes these songs into a sublime realm and allows you to hear them as new -- no matter how many times you've heard them before.

Take a listen here (or right click to download) to "Angels We Have Heard On High", but take my advice and get this album before Christmas so you can fully enjoy it in the season for which is was meant.


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