Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Holiday Albums for 2012

Looking for some new holiday or Christmas music to add to your collection? According to CBS News, here are the albums to have an ear out for this year!

Lady Antebellum, "On This Winter's Night"
Lady Antebellum released its holiday album, "On This Winter's Night," in Oct. 22. Features "country pop" renditions of several classics like "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Silent Night." I've previewed the album and can endorse their version of "All I Want for Christmas is You," to country and non-country fans. The rest of the songs will require the love of country music to appreciate!
$9.99 on Amazon

Colbie Caillat, "Christmas in the Sand"
Colbie Caillat duets with Gavin DeGraw and Brad Paisley on this album.  She features 10 classics and 5 original numbers. She pulls off a version of "Auld Lang Syne" that's pretty enough to actually get people to listen all the way through this often ignored classic.
$9.99 on Amazon

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, "This Christmas"
Yes, this is happening. The"Grease" stars have reunited for a holiday collection. They include guest performances from Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, and Kenny G. There are classics and original songs as well.  In my quick preview of the album I didn't find anything to hate, and have to admit "This Christmas" will probably find its way quickly into mall repeats.

Cee Lo Green, "Magic Moment."
Nothing says Christmas quite like the guy who brought us hits like, "F--- You." But in case you think the world needs more renditions of "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "White Christmas," and "The Christmas Song" Actually, I've previewed this album as well, and as much as I want to hate it, I have to admit, it's pretty good. I love Christmas music with full instrumentation and big voices, and he delivers. And I will probably download "Run Rudolph Run," just for fun. And the "Merry Christmas, Baby" duet with Rod Stewart is pretty fun too.

Scotty McCreery, "Christmas With Scotty McCreery"
Apparently what the world needs is another country Christmas album and another American Idol alum album. This album features 10 classics, including, "First Noel," "Winter Wonderland" and "Let It Snow," and 2 originals. This is about as twangy as a Christmas album can get! If you like banjos, steel guitars, fiddles, and the ability to turn the word "their" (as in "watching their sheep") into a 2 syllable word, you'll like this album.

Blake Shelton, "Cheers, It's Christmas"
I'm going to go ahead and say it, am I the only one disappointed he didn't do his own cover of "Grandmas Got Run Over by a Reindeer?" Wasn't that song just waiting for Blake's touch?? The album features duets with Michael Buble and Reba McEntire, as well as one with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, and one with his wife. The album is definitely country, but not too twangy, and several have full orchestral accompaniment.


Rod Stewart, "Merry Christmas, Baby."
It wasn't enough to guest duet on most of the above albums! Mr. Rod Stewart also released his first-ever holiday album this year. The duet-heavy set features a slew of guest stars.
Michael Buble sings on "Winter Wonderland"; Mary J. Blige appears on "We Three Kings"; "Merry Christmas, Baby" is a duet with Cee-Lo Green; "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" features Dave Koz on saxophone; and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" is a "virtual" duet with Ella Fitzgerald, featuring Chris Botti.

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