Caroline Bowles | Christmas Carols

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Christmas Carols

by Caroline Bowles

Sensual vocals and velvety strings will put this Christmas album at the top of your list for seasonal late night listening and relaxation.
Genre: Spiritual: Traditional Gospel
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1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
4:06 album only
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2. Of the Father's Love Begotten
3:06 album only
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3. Creator of the Stars of Night
3:21 album only
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4. Lo, How a Rose '˜er Blooming
2:25 album only
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5. What Child is this?
3:48 album only
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6. Huron Carol
3:18 album only
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7. A Stable Lamp is Lighted
2:56 album only
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8. Away in a Manger
2:45 album only
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9. When Jesus Left His Father's Throne
3:29 album only
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10. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
3:43 album only
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11. In the Bleak Mid-winter
3:07 album only
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12. O Little Town of Bethlehem
3:24 album only
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13. Silent Night
3:12 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Despite it's deceptively plain title, this album is anything but ordinary. I really enjoyed the choices of songs; they seem to flow somehow, unlike the smattering of tunes often heard on Christmas CDS. Like "Wondrous Love", this album is representative of the continuity of a strong Christian musical heritage from ancient times to the present. While the lyrics and music of most of these tunes were composed in the 19th century, some lyrics date back to the 4th century, with music composed in the 11th century.
--Cory C. Engel, CelticChristianTunes - August 2001


This CD is a real find. Caroline Bowles brings a warmth and freshness to this eclectic collection of Christmas and traditional melodies

Why have I not heard of Caroline before? She is an original talent. Her voice has a rare and entrancing combination of achingly pure tone and sensual warmth. She's always sincere but never earnest.

Bowles clearly takes pleasure in broad musical pallette. Celtic, folk and gospel influences echo though the album. Enya-like resonances meet the haunting simplicity of the Voix Bulgares. There's a lively musical intelligence at work here.
David Pearl - Lively Arts, London. January 2001


Sensual vocals and velvety strings put Christmas Carols at the top of my list for seasonal listening. This album has a beautiful classical new-age feel. Don't expect any up-tempo pop beats or ballads here; this is expressive heart warming music.

Caroline's outstanding performances, vocal purity, sensual warmth and comfort, and a soothing musical seascape of acoustic and electronic instruments, make her music so easy listening, especially for late nights and relaxation.

-- Simon Williams, SVPworld - July 2001

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Carol Swanson

Gentle and haunting new age vocalist
Reminiscent of Enya, Caroline Bowles' voice is the star of this show. Her haunting, almost child-like tones float with beauty and grace over the largely traditional holiday numbers in "Christmas Carols." Bowles loves Celtic-roots music, and that fascination is reflected here.

"Christmas Carols" has thirteen cuts, and the focus is on contemplative, religious numbers. The song selections are solid and include some personal favorites ("Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," "Huron Carol"). The artist's voice is both expressive and innocent, gently demanding the listeners' attention as it weaves a spell over musical territory both familiar and unknown.

Highlights abound; I especially enjoyed the highland pipes, which eerily charge the atmosphere on "Away in a Manger" and "In the Bleak Midwinter." "Silent Night," the album's final cut, is an excellent showcase for Bowles' slightly breathy, but pure, vocal.

Caroline Bowles and her husband Randall Furlong started their recording label, Radio Angel Records, in July 2000 to promote Christian independent artists. The company name is quite appropriate, especially given the uniquely angelic quality of Bowles' voice.

"Christmas Carols" is a lovely holiday CD. If Enya or Loreena McKennitt has ever found a spot on your CD shelf, then you should definitely welcome Caroline Bowles into your home this Christmas.

--Carol Swanson
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