Away In A Manger
Label: Warner Bros./Nashville
If you're expecting a honky-tonk Christmas, Joy to the World is not it. Hill plays this one straight, employing big band flourishes on up-tempo numbers such as "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Winter Wonderland" and "Holly Jolly Christmas." But it works -- those are some of the most fun songs in the collection. On the flip side, slow songs such as "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night" are approached with as much reverence as if Hill was singing them in church, adding the right touch of serenity to this holiday collection.