Review - December 2007 from



Oh Christmas Tree appears to be the fully-formed rendition of last season's Sampler EP. Although barely exceeding EP length itself, Oh Christmas Tree is a beautifully realized set of new age rock anthems, along with a couple of Christmas classics thrown in just to spice things up.

Rock guitar virtuoso Alec Fuhrman is perfectly leavened by Charles Tapp's enigmatic vocal style. Together they create a sound that should please rock aficionados as well as soothing the delicate ears of spiritual new age mavens.

I particularly enjoyed the drama of Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming a song that is usually difficult to adapt to any sort of contemporary arrangement. Here, listening to Tapp's haunting vocals, along with a mysterious and chilly arrangement, I can almost feel "the cold of winter, when half spent was the night."

Brief though it may be, this strange and heartfelt set is worth having.

--Richard Banks
(Reviewed in 2007)

From the liner notes:

Alec Fuhrman: Guitar
Charles Tapp: Vocals, Keys, Drums
Steve Evans: Bass (tracks 1,4,5,8)
Rob Fordyce: Bass (tracks 2,3,6,7)
Kevin Ledbetter: Woodwinds (tracks 2,8)
John Harrison: Harmony Vocals (tracks 2,3,5,8) and additional Keyboard (track 6)
Mark Robertson: additional keyboard (track 3)

Summary: Ethereal anthem rock

Oh Christmas Tree

Label: Rudolf Music
Length: 27 minutes
Genre: Rock
Release: 2007

Track List
Song Title
This Time Is Meant For Us
Away In A Manger
Christmas All Year
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Oh Christmas Tree
The Spirit Of Christmas
Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming


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