Sticking to his practice of making music that is as much narrative as it is melody, Gray’s Christmas Stories is what it purports itself to be. Attentive listeners see through the eyes of Noel’s major and minor characters including the innkeeper, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, even the incarnate Savior himself (as daring as that sounds, the “love song” of Christ to his bride is a very touching moment and a beautiful Christmas truth to behold). All of this is produced with an acoustic approach and a piano-heavy tone. Christmas Stories is quite a lovely—oftentimes spine tingling—offering that will refresh a season often infused with kitsch and cliché.
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