Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Flyby Review: MercyMe's It's Christmas!

There are two kinds of people this time of year.  You've seen the Facebook meme:

So which are you?  Can you stand for me to do a Christmas CD review yet?  Well, I'm ready!  I don't put my Christmas decorations up till after Thanksgiving (husband's orders!), but I like to start the Christmas music and maybe a couple movies a little ahead of time to get in the spirit and so the holidays just don't seem so rushed.  And the crafts.  You have to start the Christmas crafts a little early so you have time to get them all done.  So I'll be starting just a little bit of Christmas on my blog this week before Thanksgiving!

Since I'm totally ready to start listening to Christmas music, I was very excited to get MercyMe's new 
CD to review for Flyby Promotions!

This album gets a definite thumbs up!  It's a great blend of original MercyMe songs and traditional Christmas songs with a MercyMe flair.  None of the songs are too slow and all are upbeat, which I really like on an album that I'm going to be listening to while I'm driving or working around the house.  I love the instrumentation on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," as well as the way a portion of "Carol of the Bells" is worked into it.  The whole album has a pop feel to it, whether new songs or traditional, but some songs have a slightly country feel as well.  It all has a distinct sound to it, so even your traditional songs won't sound exactly the same as all the others you have on your Christmas playlist.  I think my favorite song is the first one on the album, "Newborn," which is a medley of original music and a traditional carol.

There was a slight problem on my copy, which did not affect the listening quality, but was confusing when I tried to import the album to my iTunes.  The songlist on the album cover and the CD itself lists the following:  #12 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, #13 O Holy Night, and #14 Silent Night.  The actual order on the CD was #12 O Holy Night, #13 Silent Night, and #14 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

So, are you dying to know where you can get this fabulous CD this Christmas?  Well, it's another great Pizza Ranch promotion!
Mercy Me It’s Christmas​ CD will be available in Pizza Ranch locations beginning November 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015.  It has 4 exclusive songs that can only be found on the CD version being sold by Pizza Ranch.  Each CD will be sold for $5 plus tax.  Pizza Ranch will give away the CD with a $25 gift card purchase as well as sell the full album at each of its 200 locations throughout the Midwest and Great Plains states.  "We are so excited to debut our new Christmas album, MercyMe, It’s Christmas, with Pizza Ranch” said Bart Millard with MercyMe. “Pizza Ranch is a fantastic restaurant with a great mission to glorify God. It's the perfect gift to give this Christmas season and the perfect CD to get you in the Christmas spirit.” 
So if you have a Pizza Ranch near you, run right down and grab yourself a pizza and a CD!  You cannot beat that price.  If not, you can purchase the MercyMe album, minus the 4 Pizza Ranch bonus tracks, on iTunes.

You can also win a copy of the full CD, with the 4 bonus tracks, right here!  Leave a comment with your favorite Christmas carol here or on my Facebook page to enter the drawing!  I will choose a winner in one week!

Merry Christmas!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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