Before you think, “Not another Christmas CD,” give this one a good listen. David Edelfelt’s Love Is Born at Christmas is a worthy investment for his voice alone. While Edelfelt’s bass-baritone is oaky at the bottom, he also delivers delicate top notes when the story brings moments of vulnerability. However, this CD is not about vocal pyrotechnics. Still grieving from his father’s death last Christmas season, Edelfelt offers a singular healing tribute. It’s also at times great fun. (There’s a bouncy jazz version of “Winter Wonderland.”) It’s impossible to listen to the grouping of what is considered to be childrens’ holiday songs, including “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and “Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer,” without grinning. The medley has great energy and the goofball comments from the “kids” are a hoot. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is an outstanding track: it’s a joyful heralding of optimism and hope. Arguably the best track is “Mary, Did You Know?” Edelfelt delivers well this less frequently performed song that tells of discovery and of miracles yet to be that somehow came to pass.
December 20, 2013