TCB Review: Anne Wilson’s ‘The Manger’ Shares Hope In The Darkness

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Dove-award winning, Anne Wilson releases a Christmas album, The Manger, just in time for this holiday season. The record features six tracks that proclaim the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Four out of the six tracks are original songs and the other two are covers of Christmas classics. With this record, Wilson shares that even though this may be the most joyous time of the year, it still may come with hardships in missing those who may have gone to be with the Lord before us. Those familiar with Anne Wilson and her story will know of the loss her family experienced when Wilson’s older brother Jacob was killed in a car accident. Wilson’s Christmas album is a beautiful reminder that even though Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior, it can also be a painful time for many, but without Christ we would be hopeless.

The first track on the album, “I Still Believe In Christmas”, is a beautiful reminder that despite the hardships we may face, there is still a reason to be joyful during the Christmas season. The chorus highlights John 3:16, “For God so loved this broken world, He sent His only Son to a carpenter and a teenage girl.” This song truly focuses on the fact that there is hope for the broken even during the most wonderful time of the year.

Anne Wilson’s newest release features two covers of classic Christmas songs, “O Holy Night” and “Mary Did You Know.” Each cover was classically done, highlighting Wilson’s unique, southern sounding vocals.

“The Manger” features the unique, baritone vocals of Josh Turner, which fits nicely with Wilson’s voice. The song starts with guitar strums and Wilson’s vocals, depicting a Christmas scene. She reflects on the humility displayed by our Savior by being born in a manger. The second verse enters with Turner’s rich vocals, and leads into a duet with Wilson. The song ends with the classic Christmas carol, “Away in the Manger”, which perfectly closes the song.

The Manger is a nice addition to Anne Wilson’s growing discography. Fans can expect her sweet, southern vocals mixed with the powerful message that hope is only found in Jesus, even in this broken world. Wilson takes the classic Christmas sound and adds her own southern flair, while staying true to the truth and gospel of Jesus Christ. Be sure to stream The Manger to prepare for this holiday season!

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