Review: Dorothy Savage – Sleigh Ride


Crimson Pink Music

Released October 12 2010

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

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I may not have the necessary fashion sense to understand an obsession with any particular color, especially pink, so I may a bit out of it when looking at the cover art to any album put out by contemporary Christian pop artist neophite Dorothy Savage.  Thankfully we have more to talk about than that, as she has now come out with a Christmas album to back up her debut album, Glorious Mess, which came out earlier this year.

“Sleigh Ride” takes a journey through many of our favorite Christmas songs and generally attempts to keep the focus right where it all began, on Jesus Christ Himself.  Dorothy Savage’s distinctly raspy pop vocals start off the album with the whimsical “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.  With most of the tracks being heavily laden with keys, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” takes advantage with some heavy synthesizers to bring us “tidings of comfort and joy”.  Chilling the album back down a tad, Dorothy Savage asks with her sometimes eerie vocals “What Child Is this?” before extending the invitation of “O Come All Ye Faithful”.  She makes an interesting run after this, with a serviceable job of an unfortunate song choice in “Little Drummer Boy” (one of the worst Christmas songs ever), followed by a passable version of “O Holy Night” (one of the best Christmas songs ever), only to be followed by a medley of songs about how Christmas tends to be met with a plethora of that cold white stuff in northern parts of the United States, including bits and pieces of “Winter Wonderland”, “Let It Snow!”, and “White Christmas”.  The album comes to a close with a trippy version of “Sleigh Ride” and a reflective “It’s The Messiah”.

There really isn’t anything spectacularly great or terrible about Dorothy Savage’s “Sleigh Ride”, it just fits snuggly in the middle with a rather simplistic contemporary array of Christmas songs that won’t get anyone to riled up either way, just another disc to throw in the mix the day after Thanksgiving.

Grade: C+

Tracklisting:

  1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  3. What Child Is This?
  4. O Come All Ye Faithful
  5. Little Drummer Boy
  6. O Holy Night
  7. Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow!/White Christmas
  8. Sleigh Ride
  9. It’s The Messiah
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