David Archuleta, doe-eyed moppet from “American Idol’s” seventh installment, has released what is sure to be a popular album. The holiday-themed CD hits all the Christmas high notes including Joy to the World, Angels We Have Heard on High, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, The First Noel and I’ll Be Home for Christmas. All of those are very serviceable, if pop-ish, renditions of well-known and oft-sung Christmas numbers.
However, what really makes the album a knock-out are his versions of O Holy Night, What Child is This, Ave Maria and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (featuring Charice Pempengco). These songs are considerably harder to sing than the previous list of songs and Archuleta’s vocals really get to shine here. The “noels” with about 50 seconds left in O Holy Night are gorgeous and his Ave Maria is a different arrangement but that’s what makes it beautiful and unique.
The album can be ordered from Amazon, found in stores or downloaded from iTunes.