Merry Christmas To You | 女子十二楽坊 (2003) ★★★★☆
twelve girls band from the people’s republic of china, return with their new record to shake some mistletoe. [roll] the group presents a strong new voice for global music culture. they have used many traditional chinese musical instruments to perform classical, pop, jazz, and folk songs as they gain their popularity around the world with remarkable success, especially in japan which their debut album remained at the top of the charts for 30 weeks!

this album is just great, it contains classic favorites such as 「もろびとこぞりて」, 「きよしこの夜」, 「サンタが町にやってくる」, 「ジングル・ベル」 and 「初めてのクリスマス」 including contemporary piece like 「ラスト・クリスマス」 (this song is very nice, originally recorded by wham) my most favorite track would be 「恋人たちのクリスマス」 which originally written and performed by the one and only, mariah carey. [shy] their rendition of the song is simply lovely. it’s a must-have of twelve girls fans.

2005.12.18