High praise indeed from a non religious person like me.
I bought this album last Xmas and I love.it. Although I am not a believer I do enjoy carols as they are part of the Winter season. This is so jolly, strong and strident.. Most carols are either sung by crooners, groups or choirs and she is none of them. She brings a new sound to traditional and familiar favorites. I recommend this to anyone to give as a present - you will not regret it. .If you know all the carols well, particularly the Coventry Carol,you will appreciate her singing. The only negative for me was "in the Bleak Midwinter" that does not suit her at all, somehow she has lost the pathos in her rendition but to compensate "As Joseph was a walking" and God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen" are what Xmas singing should be about, lively and almost medieval. Any Annie Lennox fan will want this in their collection. The good thing is she raised money for children in Africa and they are on the album too as her backing.