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Noel [edit]
by Josh Wilson | Genre: Other | Release Date: October 09, 2012
 

Rising singer/songwriter Josh Wilson releases his first full length Christmas album, Noel, this October as a follow up to last year’s hugely successful Christmas tour (Noel: A Unique Christmas Experience) and the #1 Christmas single of 2011, “Jesus is Alive”. Known for being one of the top songwriters and multi-instrumentalists in the industry, Wilson has been hailed as “the future of Christian pop” by media and his albums are regularly named to Year-End Top Ten Album lists. He has released numerous No. 1 hits including “Savior Please” and the powerful track “Before the Morning,” which landed the No. 4 spot on Billboard’s Year-End Christian Songs chart.

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01. The First Noel
02. Jesus is Alive
03. Go Tell It On the Mountain
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04. Do You Hear What I Hear
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05. Christmas Changes Everything
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06. Almost Christmas
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07. Emmanuel
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08. Carol of the Bells
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09. Angels We Have Heard On High
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10. Once a Year
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Entry last edited by wlurwick on 10.02.12

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Plenty to love with Wilson's Noel | Posted October 14, 2012
I remember hearing soft-spoken Josh Wilson for the first time as a fresh-faced male vocalist opening up for Matthew West on his Something To Say Tour back in late 2008. From the first moment he began singing, I knew this was a special guy with a bright future in from of him in the industry. 
 
Ever since then, he's had a handful of smash radio singles, including "Savior, Please," "Before The Morning" and "I Refuse," as well as released several successful albums and EPs, securely establishing his place as a singer/songwriter in Christian music. 
 
Now, 2012 brings us Josh's latest effort, a Christmas album titled Noel, a project which follows on the heels of his successful 2008 Christmas EP, which birthed the hit song, "Sing." 
 
A stunning instrumental version of "The First Noel" sets the tone for the album nicely, Josh's famous musicianship--particularly on the acoustic guitar--being absolutely phenomenal. The lyrically powerful "Jesus Is Alive" almost sounds like a tune JJ Heller would pen, and transitions well into the holiday classic, "Go Tell It On The Mountain."
 
Josh's arrangement of "Do You Hear What I Hear" is adjoined by a well-placed section of strings, while the slightly country kissed original "Christmas Changes Everything" talks about how the world changed the night Jesus was born: "Oh holy night, holy Child / we were dead till You came to life."
 
"Almost Christmas" provokes the anticipation we feel as Christmas draws closer, it being the most traditional sounding Christmas tune on the record. 
 
"Emmanuel" is Josh's take on the classic "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." His guitar work on the opening section deserving a round of applause on its own. The song builds as it progresses, and while it never explodes into anything grand, it serves as the best song on the project.
 
A breathtakingly folksy instrumental rendition of "Carol Of The Bells" brings to mind a version of the same sort Steven Curtis Chapman recorded nearly two decades ago, it being a brilliant and simple version of a beloved holiday favorite. "Angels We Have Heard On High" is the most contemporary song on the record, it being a well executed rendition of a classic carol.
 
The convicting tune "Once A Year" brings the album to a close, talking about how we are capable of feeling that same sense of giving all throughout the year, and not just at Christmastime. It's a heavy way to close an album that is, for the most part, lighthearted. But it sends a great and much needed message: "Once a year December's here and our hearts open up / once a year we give with cheer to those who don't have enough / wouldn't it be something if we all learned to love like it's Christmas more than once a year?
 
Closing Thoughts:
Josh Wilson's first full length Christmas album, Noel, is exactly what I thought it would be--simple, airy and chock-full of cozy, holiday warmth. It's been well worth the wait and is sure to please fans and Christmas music lovers alike. This is a very simplistic Christmas project with very few bells and whistles. While that might not be everyone's cup of tea, it does serve as the perfect album for intimate moments of praise by the fire this holiday season. 


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A Great taste of classic and original Christmas songs. | Posted December 23, 2012
 Josh Wilson is a great musician that plays multiple instruments.  His albums have been a great mix of instruments and great vocals.  Josh doesn't disappoint with his first full length Christmas album.

He starts out with a instrumental of the song "First Noel."  I love hearing him play the acoustic guitar with no vocals on a song.  His last album had instrumentals that were good.  

"Jesus Is Alive" came out last year and is a great song that is played on the radio.  It is catchy and you will find yourself singing it.  

Next song "Go Tell It On the Mountain" is a fun arrangement of the classic Christmas song.  It also has great vocals by Mandisa on it which makes it even better.

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is done good and I love hearing him sing it.

"Christmas Changes Everything" and "Almost Christmas" are original songs that are fun and have great Christmas lyrics.  It is always good to hear fresh new Christmas songs each year.

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is done well as a classic Christmas worship song.  His vocal is good to hear on this song too.

"Carol Of the Bells" is a instrumental song that again he does the music well.

"Angels We Have Heard On High"  is a great classic worship song that the music is arranged well and his vocal shines.

The last song "Once a Year" is a original song that Andrew Peterson sings on too.  It asks wouldn't it be somehting/ If we all learned to love like It's Christmas/ More than once a year.  I think about that often.  We should love no matter what time of the year it is.

What I liked about this Christmas album is it has both good arrangements of classic Christmas songs and great lyrics on original Christmas songs.  It also has two good instrumental Christmas songs.  Pick this one up if you haven't yet.  It's a good one.


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