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Joy: A Holiday Collection

Joy: A Holiday Collection

UPC: 888072093799

Format: LP

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This is an Enhanced audio CD, which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Jewel, Nedra Carroll (vocals); Chieli Minucci (acoustic & electric guitars); Ira Siegel, Danny Blume, Michael O'Reilly, Peter Bliss (guitar); Larry Campbell (pedal steel guitar); Dennis Cinelli (lute); Robbie Kondar (piano, keyboards, programming); Leon Pendarvis (piano); Joe Mardin (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Steve Skinner (keyboards, programming); Jerry Barnes, Winston Roye, Wayne Pedswater (bass); Shawn Pelton, Sterling Campbell (drums); Willie Martinez (percussion).
Recorded at Right Track Recording and Sound On Sound, New York, New York.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Though it contains only three compositions penned by the singer, Jewel's yuletide album JOY: A HOLIDAY COLLECTION still manages to sound like a wholly original set of songs. This is due in large part to the singer's ability to modulate the texture of her voice, a technique that she will occasionally call upon several times within the space of a single song.
One example is Jewel's country-flavored rendering of "Winter Wonderland," which benefits from pedal steel guitar and a shuffling, rootsy beat. Jewel blends a light scat/yodeling melange, sultry and plummy diva-like crooning, and an airy and wispy vocal timbre not far from that of Dolly Parton. The more straightforward "Joy to the Word" benefits from warm strings and a piquant, well-placed lute. As one might expect, the take on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a jocular affair, as Jewel mixes her sprightly vocal part amongst a bevy of choir voices. Jewel originals include the Latin-sung "Gloria" and a special Christmas version of the uplifting "Hands," a track that originally appeared on her SPIRIT album. As the song suggests, in Jewel's world, "only kindness matters."