- Released: November 17, 2008
- Label: Zoe Records
Dirty Linen - p.63
"This is an intimate, reflective album....There is darkness and light here, but always joy behind the sadness, connection behind the separateness, hope on the other side of disconnection."
- 1.Once In Royal David's City
- 2.Hot Buttered Rum
- 3.Still, Still, Still
- 4.On a Quiet Christmas Morn
- 5.Come Darkness, Come Light
- 6.Christmas Time In the City
- 7.Candlelight Carol
- 8.The Longest Night of the Year
- 9.Thanksgiving Song
- 10.Bells Are Rining
- 11.Christmas Carol
- 12.Children, Go Where I Send Thee
Personnel: Mary Chapin Carpenter (vocals, acoustic guitar); John Jennings (guitars, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, accordion, piano, drums, percussion); John Carroll, Jon Carroll (piano).
Audio Mixer: John Jennings.
Recording information: Red Hill, Charlottesville, VA.
Photographer: Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Many artists, when faced with the task of doing a Christmas album, merely knock out a selection of familiar pop tunes and perhaps a hymn or two and call it at that. Mary-Chapin Carpenter's COME DARKNESS, COME LIGHT: TWELVE SONGS OF CHRISTMAS is something entirely different: a largely self-written song cycle capturing several different aspects of the holiday season with grace, wit, and feeling. Carpenter, always a songwriter of emotional complexity and novelistic detail, invests these 12 songs with both delicacy and strength.