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How Many Kings By Downhere CD review
October 16, 2009, 8:25 pm
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I love downhere, I would say they’re one of my top 10 favorite bands. I own practically every cd they’ve put out (I don’t own any of the digitally produced albums!). They’re always among the most played cds on my ipod. When I learned earlier this year the guys were releasing a Christmas album I knew it would be great, just like everything else they’ve done!

This music truly is worthy of a listen any time of the year. There’s plenty of old favorites, some little known carols, and even some brand new tracks written by downhere themselves!
I was pleased to see a new favorite carol I discovered last year on the cd; (at least it’s new to me, it’s an old song) Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella.

Since the single How Many Kings made it’s debut on Centricity’s Christmas album Bethlehem Skyline the guys have changed it up a bit. They’ve added some strings AND in the Re-Imagined version Jason (instead of Marc) takes the lead vocals. I can’t say which I like better, both the guys bring great vibe to the song.
It’s completely different from the original and just as good, definitely a favorite on the cd.

Another song which is  totally amazing is Christmas in our Hearts. Have a listen if you can!
In classic Downhere style there are a couple of surprises along the way. I’ll let you discover those 🙂
For some of you it might be a bit early to even think about Christmas again, but trust me, when you’re ready for it, pop in How Many Kings and you’ll get in the spirit. Just start singing! 🙂

After you’re through reading this review (and a couple others *hint, hint*) be sure to check out their site. It’s pretty cool and you can read the guys’ blogs!(just click the pic!)

Thanks to the awesome people at Centricity Music for providing this cd for me to review!


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I just bought this CD a few days ago and I’m in love with the whole thing!! On the Youtube video of “How Many ings,” someone commented that Marc sounds likie Freddy Mercury (Queen); I had never considered that, but he certainly has a strong and unique voice. This CD is fresh yet timeless and one I think everyone would enjoy.

At the same time I ought another fantastic–yet totaly different–Christmas CD. Snow by Go Fish. Have you seen the video for “Christmas with a Capital C?” So good. It’s on here. Many of the songs are traditional with an interesting update. The guys do a cappela with drums; a couple of songs are basically rap, but I still like them

Comment by Cathi H.

I just now read this post, Sarah (I guess I’m slow) and was delighted. I fell in love with this CD–contemporary yet traditional. If you’re interested, I learned the original French lyrics to Bring a Torch long ago when I was student teaching–still remember it.

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