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Mars Lasar - Christmas From Mars
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At last, here is the much requested Christmas album from Mars Lasar. Rich warm textures and subtle but eclectic sound design compliment these traditional Christmas melodies. Once again Mars takes you somewhere you haven't been before. 'Christmas from Mars' is a definite to include in your Christmas CD collection.

A note from Mars:
Many listeners have asked me to compose a Christmas album. After listening to a few traditional tunes, I wondered how I could make something a little different. I wanted to capture the warm feeling of Christmas, something you can share with your family and listen to while gazing at your twinkling Christmas tree, sharing your Christmas dinner or simply sitting back and taking in the Christmas cheer.

Website Fan Review:
How skeptical I was when I put the new disc from Mars Lasar into the CD-player. No more christmas-songs .. I thought ... not again ?Holy Night?... I?ve listened to it a thousand times before. But what a surprise: each song revealed to be a masterpiece of subtle jazz-pop-music like Mars' incredible project ,Hush - Blue Maze. Far away from trash and silly mainstream, but very exciting and sophisticated. All the originals are transformed by Mars into his own style of catchy melodies. The listener will suspect the traditional songs only for short moments. The rest is Mars Lasar's typical handwriting of completed music in higher spheres with rich warm textures of harmonies, fulfilling every dream of perfect music. Excellent producing, a feast for the ears.
Will Luecken (Cologne, Germany)

 
 

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At last, here is the much requested Christmas album from Mars Lasar. Rich warm textures and subtle but eclectic sound design compliment these traditional Christmas melodies. Once again Mars takes you somewhere you haven't been before. 'Christmas from Mars' is a definite to include in your Christmas CD collection.

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  1. 1 Holy Night 04:51 Info Free
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  2. 2 Christmas Tree 06:09 Info Free
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  3. 3 Child 04:52 Info Free
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  4. 4 Three Kings 04:09 Info
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  5. 5 Noel 05:09 Info
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  6. 6 The Little Lord 04:23
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  7. 7 Ye Merry Gents 04:18 Info
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  8. 8 All Ye Faithful 04:58 Info
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  9. 9 Bethlehem 04:50
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REVIEWS
 
WIND & WIRE - Review '12.2003
Reviewed by Bill Binkleman
Once again it is that time of the year when we celebrate love, peace and joy of the season whether it be for spiritual reflections or a time of reunions with family, friends and loved ones. Though released a few years ago, there is no better time like the present to revisit Mars Lasar's and his warm yet unique slant on traditional Christmas carols. As always, I have learned not to expect the norm from this musical explorer.

Mars Lasar's commercial recording career began in back in 1992 with the release of his debut Olympus. His freshman offering was geared more towards the mainstream New Age genre, paralleling more with the early years of Yanni's musical styling. The emphasis was on the melody and intricate crossover rhythms. Never one to stand still musically, Lasar, courtesy of Eleventh Hour, leaned towards the abstract and electronic manipulations yet still kept matters interesting. And just when I thought I had pigeon-holed the musician, he decided to switch gears again and produce the sublime and gorgeous Sapphire Dreams that [evoked] lullabies and soft dreams. This theme apparently was evanescent as 2001 saw Lasar return to his patented soundscaping and effects with solid results courtesy of the album Karma.

That said, I have continued to expect the unexpected with this artist and was pleasantly surprised with this creation. While Mars Lasar's theme is revisiting the traditional Christmas songs and carols, they come with his distinctive tilt on things. The arrangements are so unique that at times I think I am listening to an original composition. The most obvious example of this comes courtesy of "All Ye Faithful" that is almost thunderous in its approach when viewed in the context that it was developed from the hymn "O Come All Ye Faithful." Resulting [from] a crescendo of percussion work and an upsurge of keyboard arrangements, the song is inspiring. I also love the rolling, strolling "Ye Merry Gentleman" which is a little more subdued when compared with his arrangement of the same carol that he collaborated [on] with guitar extraordinaire John Sykes a few years ago. Yet, this arrangement is still exemplary.

We are even entertained with some very fine guitar work on "Christmas Tree." Countered with restrained but evocative vocal effects within the bridge, this song is a delight. There is a little additional guitar work available on "Bethlehem," which is equally poignant. However, it is Lasar's keyboards and sound effects that remain as the spotlight. There is not a filler [track] in sight and Lasar does a wonderful job in giving these time-honored carols an elegant makeover without losing their original spirit.

Christmas From Mars is well grounded yet still out of this world which is probably an accurate description of the music of Mars Lasar in general. While Lasar may wander musically, his production is always precise, provocative, elaborate and detailed. Lasar has become so complete in this area that if he were denied his compositional gifts he could easily take on the full-time livelihood of a producer. Fortunately, we have not had to endure such a loss and are rewarded by this masterful project that will no doubt endure as one of my favorite Christmas albums.

Reviewed by Michael Debbage
www.windandwire.com
Music Review
There are hundreds of Christmas albums available in several genres and styles. The originals are, of course, the orchestral and classical versions. Many of them are the quintessential versions of these timeless wonders.
There are also hundreds of rock, jazz and adult contemporary versions of Christmas carols. Most of them are weak, even poor and certainly boring. Even some of the originals written for rock or jazz ensemble are inadequate.
The new age is a perfect fit for Christmas music – electronic, acoustic and/or a combination of both styles. “A Christmas from Mars” is one of the latter and an instant classic! It is available only from Mars Lasar at his web site - www.marslasar.com. He combines his multi-instrumental charm with atmospheric synths to generate sweet and serene soundscapes with deep spirituality and grace. The strength of the disc is Mars’ sound design. He gives a unique voice to each piece.

Reviewed by Jim Brenholts
There are hundreds of Christmas albums available in several genres and styles. The originals are, of course, the orchestral and classical versions. Many of them are the quintessential versions of these timeless wonders.
There are also hundreds of rock, jazz and adult contemporary versions of Christmas carols. Most of them are weak, even poor and certainly boring. Even some of the originals written for rock or jazz ensemble are inadequate.
The new age is a perfect fit for Christmas music – electronic, acoustic and/or a combination of both styles. “A Christmas from Mars” is one of the latter and an instant classic! It is available only from Mars Lasar at his web site - www.marslasar.com. He combines his multi-instrumental charm with atmospheric synths to generate sweet and serene soundscapes with deep spirituality and grace. The strength of the disc is Mars’ sound design. He gives a unique voice to each piece.
Reviewed by Will Luecken (Cologne, Germany)
How skeptical I was when I put the new disc from Mars Lasar into the CD-player. No more christmas-songs .. I thought ... not again Holy Night... I‚ve listened to it a thousand times before. But what a surprise: each song revealed to be a masterpiece of subtle jazz-pop-music like Mars' incredible project ,Hush - Blue Maze. Far away from trash and silly mainstream, but very exciting and sophisticated. All the originals are transformed by Mars into his own style of catchy melodies. The listener will suspect the traditional songs only for short moments. The rest is Mars Lasar's typical handwriting of completed music in higher spheres with rich warm textures of harmonies, fulfilling every dream of perfect music. Excellent producing, a feast for the ears.
 
 
Two Thumbs Way Up!!! - Jan 4 2006 5 stars *****
This is probably one of the most beautiful collections of Christmas songs to come out in a very long time. If you're like most poeple who quickly burn out with the same old tunes around the holidays. I guarantee you won't tire of Mars Lasar's "A Christmas from Mars". It's one of the most relaxing and soothing works I've ever heard! Listen for yourself... you won;t be sorry.

Fantastic Album! ***** (5 stars)
by The SavageLeech
After Having To Suffer while listening to my wifes Christmas music (the usual stuff).... I found this album. every song is FANTASTIC! Truly FANTASTIC!! no longer feel like a GRINCH!