1. Glorious (3:58)
2. In the Bleak Midwinter (3:38)
3. Bright and Morning Star (3:28)
4. O Holy Night (4:17)
5. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day (3:23)
In the music industry October is the month to release Christmas albums, the airways are flooded with the same music we”ve heard for 50 years and thankfully we will continue to listen to for another 50 years. There isn”t much room for originality when it comes to Christmas Music but occasionally a band will step out and be successful at putting a new twist on old songs and even writing their own new songs. If this is the type of Christmas music you like then look no further than The Wrecking’s My Window to Heaven EP
Ever since their days as The Kingdom Wrecking Crew, Doug Elder and the rest of the experimental rock band The Wrecking have impressed listeners with a cohesive sound and a strong message. Musically this EP sticks with the bands original music groundwork. There isn”t much different from previous projects but there doesn”t need to be. Their setting of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is a piano driven piece that shows skill the in arrangement, the same is true with the cover of “In the Bleak Mid Winter” which comes off more as a rock ballad and the completely original “Bright and Morning Star” shows off the bands talent for straight rock.
The Message is where this EP really takes off. “Bright and Morning Star” sets the tone talking about our relationship with Christ, the sights and sounds of Christmas and the Christian tendency to Delegate Christ to just that time of year. Elder sings “Tonight, Light of the world you”re my picture to heaven…bright and morning star, I need you more than just in December.” “Glorious” is a worship song that speaks on the birth of Christ and then echoes the song of the angels above the Shepherds.
If there is any drawback on this album it is the inclusion of “Oh Holy Night” the song feels overused and out of place on an EP that uses original melodies on old songs and even has some original thoughts from the band. If they had changed the melody like they did on the tracks mentioned above it might not feel like this, it”s a great song but it doesn”t fit here.
Overall The Wrecking”s MY Window To Heaven EP will make a good edition to the Christmas Collections this year. It will also give fans something to chew on while they wait for the bands full length album.
Record Label: Chosen Records
Album length: 5 tracks: 18 minutes, 44 seconds
Street Date: November 15, 2011