Sandra's Country Music Presents
CD REVIEW OF
CD REVIEW OF
KATHY MATTEA'S "GOOD NEWS"
(Polygram Records, 1993)
by Sandra L. Toney
some "Good News" for Kathy Mattea fans: her 1993 Christmas
album finds Mattea at her very best. The title, of course, is
"Good News" and the ten uplifting, inspirational songs
will turn any Christmas gathering into one of hope and joy.
The selections Mattea chose to include on her first holiday release
were ones that didn't include the old stand-by's like "Silent
Night" or "The Christmas Song." Instead, singles
such as "What a Wonderful Beginning," and "Brightest
and Best" grace the album with beauty and originality. The
only song that some may recognize is the Keith Whitley classic,
"There's A New Kid In Town," which several country artists
have included on Christmas albums since Whitley's untimely death.
"Good News," the title song, which is the closing selection
on the album, will bring an inner peace to anyone who hears it
as Mattea convincingly recites, "Bow your head, speak not
a word/Let the silence take you far from here/The spirit of a
child dry every tear/And may your doubts they disappear."
The uplifting opening tune on the release, "What a Wonderful
Beginning," spreads more of Mattea's message of good news
as the song begins and ends with this chilling verse, "Oh
a man named John the Baptist/Had been heralding the news/About
the coming of a Savior/For both the Gentiles and the Jews."
If there's any song that you've ever wanted to press the repeat
button for so you can hear it time and time again, it is definitely
my favorite choice on the album, the breathtaking "Mary,
Did You Know?" This song has to affect anyone who hears it
tells the story of Mary, who gave birth to the Baby Jesus, and
asks the question over and over, "Mary, did you know?"
We'll never realize if Mary knew, but here are some of the things
Mattea understandably wonders about, "Mary, did you know
that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man/Mary, did you
know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand/Did you
know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod/When you've
kissed your little baby then you've kissed the face of God?"
This spiritual, rejoicing album will bring a smile to the face
of every Christmas listener, country music lover or not. A special
thanks to Kathy Mattea for bringing us her extraordinary brand
of "Good News!"
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