Notes & Reviews:
The King’s Men is the close-harmony vocal group formed by the current choral scholars of King’s College, Cambridge. After the success of After Hours, which topped the iTunes Classical Charts in June 2014, for their latest album on the college’s own label, they showcase the lighter side of their seasonal repertoire. Performing a mixture of Christmas tunes you won’t be hearing in Nine Lessons and Carols any time soon. Highlights include traditional favorites such as “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” alongside Pat Dunachie (now first alto in the King’s Singers) channeling Mariah Carey on “All I Want for Christmas is You” and Keith Roberts’ jocular arrangement of “12 Days of Christmas”. Unlike many close harmony groups, The King’s Men record together, balancing their voices acoustically instead of tracking each voice individually. This results in stronger musical cohesion and a more authentic sound. So, whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, drowning in Christmas cards, waiting to catch a glimpse of Rudolph’s red nose or simply wondering when those Lords will stop a leaping all over your lawn, this is an essential addition to your Christmas playlist.