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A sublime present from one of our favorite groups of all time, Sweden's veteran, groundbreaking mixed-voice Vocal Jazz quintet the Real Group. "The World for Christmas" is their second holiday album since the critically acclaimed and heavily awarded "En Riktig Jul." What we particularly love about this CD is that they've divided the 13 tunes into two parts, "a relaxed part and an upbeat part, so you can easily choose the Christmas feeling you want to experience! Many of the songs have a little of both, like Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song" and the sexy, funny, jazzy "Santa Baby" with some lovely faux horns. Other favorites are, in the relaxed group, Joni Mitchell's sweet, poignant "River," group stalwart Anders Edenroth's wonderful, thought-provoking title tune, "Silent Night" and beautiful Swedish Christmas songs "Nu Tandas Tusen Juleljus" and "Glans Over Sjo Och Strand." Favorites in the upbeat section are a marvelous arrangement of Sammy Cahn's "Let It Snow," a bluenote, laid back rendition of "Sleigh Ride," the traditional Swedish carol "Drang-Stalle," bright, sweet "Julen Ar Har," and "Fina Paket," all arranged by Anders, and the ringing, infectious round,"Julfemman." with extensive, colorful liner notes with shapshots showing the group members celebrating Christmas as children and finally together as a group. "The World for Christmas" is like 13 gifts in a single jewel box-simply give the box to your loved ones, and join them for any number of Christmases opening and marveling at each gift at your leisure!
Listen to Let It Snow in RealAudio.