Pink Martini “Joy To The World”

  • Artist: Pink Martini
  • Album: Joy to the World
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Genre: Christmas
  • Formats: CD

Those who know and love Pink Martini easily could predict that their Joy To The World Christmas album would be a unique, multi-cultural, and tremendous fun event. The first track is a traditional, mellow version of “White Christmas” with a poignant solo guitar accompanying China Forbes’ lovely vocals. Ms. Forbes treats us to the often-amputated intro “The sun is shining; the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway; there’s never been such a day in Beverly Hills L. A.; but it’s December the 24th and I’m longing to be up north.”  In a major plot twist, the song is then sung in Japanese, by guest vocalist Saori Yuki, with a celestial choir.

“Silent Night”  is presented in a sparse arrangement, sung first in the original German, then in Arabic by Lebanese superstar Fairouz, and finally by the Portland Boychoir. The effect is touching and powerful. To conclude, a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” with a Rio Carnival/marching band beat, sung in English, French, and Arabic. Terrific sound quality.

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