Sunday, December 2, 2012

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Comparisons

Firstly. Before we begin. Let me explain. I decided that this year, it would be fun to publish comparisons of several versions of one song each of the first four Sundays in December. They're all songs I enjoy, and I think you really will too. So, here we go with the first one! Make sure and read to the end -- leave me a comment. :)
  
Phillips, Craig and Dean - 8.5
 

Full of beautiful harmonization -- you'll enjoy that! There's a steady beat in the background, but the tempo varies through the song, however that works. It's very good.

Best of Celtic Christmas - 8.5
 {{unable to find on youtube, but available on Amazon}}
 
Peaceful. If I had to describe it with one word, that word would definitely be smooth. It's also slow and gentle -- a song to play when trying to sleep. Beautiful and calming! Gently repetitive. 

Enya - 8.5

Sung in a classically Enya way, reminiscent of May It Be. Crisp and clear, and not super slow like some versions. Interesting chorus, I though. Definitely spotlights her voice! 

Francesca Battistelli - 8
 A deeper voice than the previous ones, certainly. It bugged me that I noticed every breath she took. You can often hear them, but here, I thought they were very noticeable -- rather annoying. The words are easy to follow, and she has a basic piano accompaniment. 

Katherine Jenkins - 9

{{Since the song is on her newest CD, they don't have it on youtube. SO. Go buy the CD, it's worth it. And there's the trailer.}}
 
So beautiful. A smooth and gentle two verses and one chorus, then a suddenly swelling and absolutely thrilling chorus! A great exhibit of Katherine's beautiful voice. My descriptive word here? Thrilling.

Favorite:

I think it's obvious: Katherine Jenkins. That was the song that inspired me to do all the song comparisons that are coming this month! 

Your opinion:

How familiar are you with this song? What version did I miss that you love/know? Leave a comment and tell me! Oh, and do you enjoy one of these more than my favorite?

3 comments:

bluegrassbirdie said...

One of my favorite versions of this song is done by Casting Crowns. It is instrumental and can be found on youtube. It features a gorgeous violin!

Julia VanLaar said...

I agree that the Casting Crown version is amazing! It gives me chills every time I listen to it. But I love this song in general so every version is great :)

Little Lady said...

Weeeeell....it's not really a fair choice because I'm a totally utterly devoted Kath Jenkins fan!!! So of course, I vote hers. Casting Crowns is good too...but Kath Jenkins...is....KATH JENKINS! lol

Great post & interesting topic! Love it!

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