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If you are searching for beautifully crafted, original Christmas music, Melanie Penn’s Immanuel begs a listen. Penn’s sweet, soothing voice shines through on nine new Christmas tunes plus one classic—“Joy to the World.”

Penn offers first-person accounts in individual songs of both popular and behind-the-scenes players from the nativity story, covering the usual suspects (Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angel chorus) but also the Magi, the Star of Bethlehem, the Innkeeper, and Isaiah.

The opening track, “Love’s Coming Down” (based upon Isaiah), sets the tone, combining a strong pop influence with a peaceful melody. The album provides quiet Christmas reflection with a little sauce to keep the listener fully engaged. (Equally Well Music)

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