A review of Phil Vassar’s newest Christmas album “Noel,” that was released on his indie label, Rodeowave Entertainment.
Phil Vassar’s latest album, Noel, was released on November 22, via his own independent record label, Rodeowave Entertainment. It is the first holiday CD in the singer-songwriter’s career.
This ten-track LP was co-produced by Phil Vassar and Dane Bryant.
Background on Phil Vassar
Phil Vassar has an impressive resume. Over the years, he has written songs for such noteworthy vocalists as country stars Alan Jackson, Collin Raye, Tim McGraw and Jo Dee Messina.
Background on the CD
According to the album’s liner notes, Vassar revealed that growing up, he was influenced by such legendary artists as “Nat King Cole, Andy Williams and Bing Crosby,” and that this project has been a lifelong dream of his.
Half of the songs on it are original compositions, whereas the remaining five tunes are Christmas classics.
Songs on “Noel”
Noel commences with the jazzy “Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas Without You,” which Vassar co-wrote with his co-producer. His vocals are reminiscent to those of pop music vocalist Michael Buble. It is followed by a medley of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”
The third track, “I Saved Christmas,” is the only song on the record, where Vassar is the sole songwriter.
In “Big Ol’ Texas Christmas,” Vassar collaborates with Ray Benson from the award-winning country band Asleep at the Wheel; moreover, “Away in a Manger” is a gorgeous and soothing duet between Vassar and guest songstress Kellys Collins.
“Santa’s Gone Hollywood” is a fun, uplifting song that was co-written by Vassar.
Yet another vocal that has a jazz vibe to it is “Let’s Make a Little Christmas Tonight.”
The highlight songs on the album are “Merry Christmas Darling,” as well as the closing track, where Vassar delivers a soaring rendition of “What Child is This.”
All in all, Phil Vassar does a solid job recording and co-producing his Noel CD. The only downside is that it only contains ten songs on it, and it could benefit from a few more traditional carols, especially to please the fans of the standard Christmas tunes.
Hopefully, there will be more holiday albums to come from Vassar in the future, since this effort was long-overdue. It is recommended for fans of indie, country, jazz, gospel, and adult contemporay music.
To learn more about Phil Vassar’s music, and his latest Christmas project, check out his official website.Merry Christmas To You All! Hope This Christmas And New Year Brings A Lot of Good Memories To You 🙂