(1999) Joy: A Holiday Collection

Jewel

... read moreJoy: A Holiday Collection may surprise some Jewel fans, since it isn't a warm, intimate acoustic album. Then again, it may not, since it arrives on the heels of the exquisitely produced, unabashedly pop Spirit, which had lush musical backdrops for her folk-pop tunes. Joy is a full-bodied expansion...

44′:31″ 13 Songs

1
Joy To The World
Jewel
3:04
2
O Holy Night
Jewel
3:44
3
Silent Night
Jewel
3:08
4
Winter Wonderland
Jewel
3:39
5
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Jewel
3:11
6
Ave Maria
Jewel
3:44
7
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Jewel
3:21
8
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Jewel
1:54
9
Face Of Love
Jewel
3:27
10
Medley: Go Tell It On The Mountain / Life Uncommon / From A Distance
Jewel
6:31
11
I Wonder As I Wander
Jewel
1:59
12
Gloria
Jewel
2:38
13
Hands (Christmas Version)
Jewel
4:11
Released 02 November 1999, Jewel, Under exclusive license to Concord Music Group, Inc

Review

Joy: A Holiday Collection may surprise some Jewel fans, since it isn't a warm, intimate acoustic album. Then again, it may not, since it arrives on the heels of the exquisitely produced, unabashedly pop Spirit, which had lush musical backdrops for her folk-pop tunes. Joy is a full-bodied expansion of Spirit, however -- an unashamed classicist Christmas album, featuring all of the usual carols delivered with strings and choirs. Because Jewel has a big, powerful, attractive voice, Joy works, even if it is a little too predictable for its own good -- the closing "Christmas Version" of "Hands" is the only true signal, musically at least, that this is a Jewel number. Surely, this holiday album isn't a major addition to her catalog, but for hardcore fans, it may be a nice stocking stuffer. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine