Christmas - Plain & Simple - Michele McLaughlin

Christmas - Plain & Simple

Michele McLaughlin

  • Genre: New Age
  • Release Date: 2006-12-04
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 15
  • ℗ 2006 Michele McLaughlin

Christmas - Plain & Simple ◷ preview

Title Artist Time
Winter Solstice Michele McLaughlin 3:47
Away In the Manger Michele McLaughlin 2:36
Still Still Still Michele McLaughlin 2:26
The Toymaker Michele McLaughlin 2:42
We Three Kings Michele McLaughlin 2:23
Angels We Have Heard On High Michele McLaughlin 2:02
Holiday Gathering Michele McLaughlin 2:21
Silent Night Michele McLaughlin 3:17
Greensleeves Michele McLaughlin 2:49
By the Fire Michele McLaughlin 2:57
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Michele McLaughlin 2:54
Oh Holy Night Michele McLaughlin 3:46
Celtic Christmas Michele McLaughlin 2:54
The First Noel Michele McLaughlin 3:04
Joy to the World Michele McLaughlin 2:07


  • Great songs but very bad recording!

    By NeisonG
    The piano playing on this album is excellent! But, the recording is terrible and you'll notice sound distortion even on the smallest of speakers including those built-in the iPhone. If you listen to this in the car for example you'll notice both the highs and lows will be cut off. If it's not the recording itself it's definitely the encoding on iTunes. Maybe the CD is different, but I would not recommend this as a digital purchase.
  • amazing!

    By Hubs22
    this entire album is so relaxing and peaceful! i love listening to it all day, every day! definitely a must buy if you like holiday music, but get sick of the singing. the traditional songs take on a new edge, and her own songs create a welcome change in christmas music! i especially like winter solstice and celtic christmas-both are fast paced but still calming.
  • One of My Favorite Christmas Albums!

    By KathyPiano7
    Michele McLaughlin’s “Christmas - Plain & Simple” is one of the best solo piano Christmas albums I’ve heard. Consisting of ten traditional carols and five original pieces, this CD is a perfect blending of old and new music, played with spirit but without a lot of “look at me!” flash. McLaughlin’s touch is strong and confident, yet full of grace and expression. Her arrangements of the traditional pieces are true to the originals but freshened up and contemporary. The five new pieces fit right in with the older songs and add a very personal message. (They also make me want to hear more of McLaughlin’s own music, so be watching for more of my reviews of her work!) The CD begins with “Winter Solstice,” one of McLaughlin’s own pieces. Spirited, with an infectious energy, and bouncing with joy to spare, this is a great start! This is one of those pieces that make my fingers itch because they sound like such fun to play. “Away in a Manger” is a gentle and tender lullaby, alternating between the original German melody and the “Flow Gently, Sweet Afton” alternative. “Still, Still, Still” begins in the upper registers of the piano, suggesting sparkling snow in the stillness of night - a lovely arrangement. “The Toymaker” is another original. Playful and innocent, it also has an irresistible energy. “Holiday Gathering” effectively conveys excitement and joy with a hint of poignance. The simple, straightforward treatment of “Silent Night” describes perfect peace. “Greensleeves” is gorgeous. It’s interesting how McLaughlin has taken these well-worn pieces and made them sound new and exciting even though she really hasn’t changed them much. She’s added passages to many of them, but, for the most part, sticks with the melodies, adding interesting accompaniments and relying on her heartfelt and expressive touch to make them her own. “By The Fire” is the fourth of McLaughlin’s pieces, a lovely, graceful bit of musical comfort. Warm, relaxed, and inviting, it’s a beauty. I absolutely love the minor-key mystery of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” and this arrangement is one of my favorites. The original passage in the middle of the piece is a great segue that comes back to the melody. My favorite track is McLaughlin’s “Celtic Christmas.” This piece is such an expression of joy and energy that it makes my heart sing and my feet want to dance. (My fingers are itching again, too!) The other traditional pieces are “We Three Kings,” “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “O Holy Night,” “The First Noel,” and “Joy to the World,” and all are excellent. I’m usually getting pretty burned out on Christmas CDs by this time in December, but I have thoroughly enjoyed “Christmas - Plain & Simple.” Highly recommended!