One of my favourite Christmas albums from last year was The Violet Burning's Divine. This year, they have made another Christmas album available for free download. From what I understand, Violet Christmas Volume 1 is a re-released version of an older album, but I hadn't heard it before, and it's very nice to have it available alongside Divine.
An original song called "Room in my Heart" both opens and closes the album; the closing version is (called the "full length" version) is greatly extended. It's a very mellow and beautiful song; I really like the lyrics in the chorus: "Baby Jesus, there isn't any room in the inn but there's room in my heart." The remaining songs can also be found on Divine, but the versions on this album are either live ones or different arrangements (or both). I find the sound on this album to be much mellower than the rock-based sound of Divine; the one (big) exception is "The Little Drummer Boy", which starts off rather quiet but explodes about halfway through, with the vocals being almost snarled by the end.
If you enjoyed Divine, Violet Christmas Volume 1 is an album that you must download; if you haven't heard it yet, this is a great opportunity to check both albums out. Happy listening!