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A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas

20 Oct. 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 Oct. 2008
  • Release Date: 17 Oct. 2008
  • Label: Sony Classical
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  • Total Length: 50:10
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  • ASIN: B001IPYNIG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,405 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
As much as I love Christmas music, there are very few CD's that grab me from the moment I first start listening to them. But that was the case with this CD. From the very first note of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," I was drawn into a world of snow and twinkling lights and presents. Kristin's voice made me want to snuggle up by a fire, and its still 80's degrees here in Southern California.

The CD ranges in style from jazz on "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (with a lovely sax solo), to big band on "Sleigh Ride/Marshmallow World" and "Christmas Island" and even a hint of country on "Silver Bells."

Speaking of country, she goes full blown country on "Come On, Ring Those Bells." I have another version of this song I consider my favorite Christmas song, so that choice was a bit of a disappointment. Even this song won me over after a few more listens, however.

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is amazing. The music starts quietly with just bells as Kristin sings the first verse. As the song progresses, the orchestra builds. Kristin even echoes herself at times.

"Home on Christmas Day" is at once sad and beautiful. It's a song to the loved ones no longer in her life letting them know they will always have a home in her heart at Christmas.

I've never heard the normally upbeat "Christmas Waltz" performed this slowly before, but I fell in love with it half way through.

I'm not normally a fan of artists recording songs that aren't normally Christmas on Christmas releases, but even that works here. "Sing" incorporates a Christmas themed second verse while "What a Wonderful World" is combined with Christmas lullaby "Sleep Well Little Children."

I know this is a disc I will pull out often over the coming years whenever I need to get into the Christmas mood. I have no qualms calling it a masterpiece already. I am sure it will stand the test of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Kristin opens the album with the wistful ballad I'll be home for Christmas, which comes round frequently on American Christmas albums and rightly so. Next comes Christmas Island, the Christmas song most closely identified with the Andrews sisters. People who follow my reviews know that I'm a huge fan of the Andrews sisters. It's always great to find covers of their songs, because it helps to draw people back to their music, but it is very rare for anybody to improve on the original recordings. Still, I love Kristin's version of Christmas Island, which is certainly a worthy tribute to the Andrews sisters and one of the best covers of any of their songs that I've ever heard.

Kristin also revives The Christmas waltz, which is a great song that doesn't appear on new Christmas albums as often as it once did. Or maybe it's coming back into fashion, as I was also pleased to find the song on Pam Tillis' recent album Just in time for Christmas. Next comes the familiar (but not excessively covered) Do you hear what I hear? Though I've heard several versions of this song, Kristin sounds as good as any of the others; she might even be the best of the lot.

With guest John Pizzarelli, Kristin performs a great medley of Sleigh ride / Marshmallow world. A long way removed from the separate versions of these songs to be found on the Phil Spector Christmas album, this is nevertheless a great medley that is well worth a listen. The next track is a revival of an old Carpenters song, Sing, with lyrics adapted for Christmas. Actually, I don't notice much change except that Kristin urges people to sing of peace and harmony, which is fair enough, and I`m glad that Kristin recorded it for this album. Still, it set me wondering what other Carpenters songs could be adapted for Christmas.
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This disc contains a mixture of traditional Christmas songs along with a couple of songs that might not usually be associated with Christmas (The Carpenters song Sing with a new seasonal verse and What A Wonderful World seguéed with Sleep Well Little Children).

Highlights for this listener were Christmas Island (a new song to me, although I understand from another review that it's actually an old song), Sleigh Ride/Marshmallow World, Silver Bells, Come On Ring Those Bells, and Born On Christmas Day. Come On Ring Those Bells stood out even above the other highlights - although I'm not a Country And Western fan, I do love to hear Kristin singing C&W because she's so good at it. I think this is the only C&W Christmas song I know.

What Child Is This is interesting as it adds lyrics to the old tune Greensleeves.

There are two additional songs that are only available as downloads. Whether or not they originally appeared in an edition of the CD that was exclusive to one shop I don't know, but I do know that it annoys me that I can't buy all the songs on one CD. That spoils the product enough for me to deduct a star. Rest assured, if the two missing tracks were on the CD this would be a five-star review.
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I bought 3 copies for myself and family. Most of the tunes are familiar, but they are not the usual ones that you will hear on the radio and in the shops as you do your Christmas shopping. Kristin has a fantastic voice, "Do You Hear What I Hear" will raise the hairs stand on the back of your neck. A great way to get into the REAL spirit of Christmas.
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