Tenth Avenue North: Decade the Halls Vol. 1

  1. Good King Wenceslas
  2. O Come All Ye Faithful
  3. O Holy Night (feat. Jon McLaughlin)
  4. The First Christmas (feat. Zach Williams)
  5. Deck the Halls
  6. We Three Kings (feat. Britt Nicole)
  7. Go Tell It on the Mountain
  8. The First Noel (feat. Colton Dixon)
  9. Mistletoe (The Christmas Sweater Song)
  10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (feat. Sarah Reeves)

It’s become fairly commonplace for most well known worship bands to release a Christmas album. For the most part, these offerings are fairly predictable with most being made up of either combinations of classic Christmas songs wrapped in holiday instrumentation or entirely new songs that are poorly crafted and would never replace the holiday classics. But then there’s Tenth Avenue North, who tend to think and write outside the proverbial worship box as they help us continually redefine what worship should be. Their latest release, Decade the Halls Vol. 1 is, as the name implies, is unique collection of Christmas songs arranged in various musical styles of the last 100 years.

At first listen you quickly realize that this is not your typical Christmas collection but rather a very unique, creative album that puts the fun back into the season. The album begins with “Good King Wenceslas,” an accurate portrayal of early-twentieth century ragtime, complete with warbling piano, tinny vocals and crackly record sounds. “O Come All Ye Faithful” follows and is incredibly fun 40’s big band arrangement that will awaken your holiday spirit as you clap and sing along.

“The First Christmas” is an infectious 50’s style doo wop song about the greatest gift ever given that first Christmas. The lively pianos mixed with saxophone and standup bass line mixed with Zach Williams’ southern drawl bring a lively and energetic reminder of the celebration and joy of Christmas.

Their backwoods country version of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” works well with the bells and funky bass and drum lines while “The First Noel” takes a quick curveball turn with it’s smooth R&B style featuring the syrupy vocal stylings of Colton Dixon. We are brought into the age of grunge with the Weezer-esque “Mistletoe (The Christmas Sweater Song)” which is just plain funny and “God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen,” does a great job representing today’s electro-pop with Ellie Golding-style vocals by Sarah Reeves.

Decade the Hall Vol. 1 is a unique, endearingly quirky and memorable album that is a fresh alternative that should find it’s way into your Holiday collection.

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