An album that causes an involuntary sigh, opens the door to letting out that seasonal tension and shoves a recliner chair under your hips. With crystalline female vocals, pure and heartfelt, with the sweet sound of mandolin, fiddle and the rich voice of acoustic guitar, December Sky is a charming way to bring your love of country folk music and your appreciation for the holiday season together in one hearty album. Covering some of your favorite carols while keeping it fresh with originals as well, Mae Robertson serves up one of the best Christmas albums that CD Baby stocks.
This is just a lovely Christmas CD. From first (John Denver and Joe Henry's "A Baby Just Like You") to last (the standard "Do You Hear What I Hear"), Robertson's crystal-clear vocals shine throughout. Too often, holiday CDs are over-produced and under-sung, losing much of their heart in the process. Not so with "December Sky," which strikes a perfect balance. Another balance struck well is that of old vs. new. Highlights include beautiful versions of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "White Christmas" (a duet with Cally Robertson, who obviously inherited her mama's voice), as well as newer holiday songs such as John Barlow Jarvis' "One Bright Star" and Steve Earle's "Nothing But a Child."
--Alec Harvey - The Birmingham News - 12/3/04
December Sky is a rich folk anthem for the season. In truth, this buoyant folk celebration is lightly tinged with pop and country, and it's all good. Everything about December Sky is first class, starting with Robertson's mellifluous voice, a warm alto that comforts like a wrap of the softest alpaca. She sings effortlessly and exudes an underlying joy in what she does. She possesses the sort of voice that creates an instant rapport with listeners of all ages. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
--Carol Swanson, ChristmasReviews.com
Some unusual choices here, but they work extremely well as folk songs and holiday anthems. Tracks include "A Baby Just Like You," by John Denver and Joe Henry, "Last Night" by Lynn Miles, "Nothing But a Child" by Steve Earle and "Every December Sky" by Beth Nielsen Chapman. Robertson's voice rings like a crystal bell and she delivers lyrics in exactly the right spirit. Even the most familiar tunes seem fresh in her kind hands.
--Mary Colurso, The Birmingham News - 12/17/04
Mae Robertson is one of the finest interpreters I have heard in years. --Rich Warren, WFMT-FM Chicago, IL
You can feel the cozy comfort of a traditional snowy Christmas morning in every note.
-- Penny Nichols, SINGER MAGAZINE, December, 2004