Christmas Eve & Other Stories

Christmas Eve & Other Stories

Is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's <I>Christmas Eve and Other Stories</I> a holiday rock opera? Or perhaps just a holiday prog-rock disc? Or maybe it's New Age? Whatever the case may be, this isn't your typical Christmas album. Filled with electric guitar solos, plenty of synthesized keyboards, a children's choir, and lively drumming, <I>Christmas Eve</I> can only be compared to one other record, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's <I>other</I> holiday disc, <I>The Christmas Attic</I>. On this CD, angelic vocal solos (on numbers such as "The Prince of Peace") are interspersed with driving instrumentals. Sentimental, occasionally bombastic, but as high-concept as holiday albums can be. <I>--Jason Verlinde</I>