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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2011
Michael buble music at his best - sounds like i,ve gone back in time to the Sinatra, rat pack days and definitely makes you feel christmassy!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
I can well understand why some people would be angry about this special edition as they would have to shell out again purely for the bonus tracks. For those of us that didn't buy the first version though, this is a Christmas treat.

Michael Buble sings many classic songs here as though he is genuinely enjoying it and this is one Christmas album that is sure to be played for many years to come. Highlights are 'Silent Night', 'Ave Maria' and Silver Bells' which showcase what a fine voice he has. The songs where he sings with other people work well but Shania Twain's vocals are weak on 'White Christmas' and she sounds as though she is in pain as she struggles reaching the notes.

'Christmas(Special Edition)' is a must buy for fans of seasonal music but it is a bit of a rip off if you bought it last year.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
With guests including but not limited to the Puppini Sisters (Jingle bells, Frosty the snowman), Shania Twain (White Christmas) and Thalia (Mis Deseos / Feliz Navidad), this album is the kind of album we have come to expect from Michael Bublé. There is one original song here, co-written by Michael with Alan Chang and Bob Rock, that being Cold December night. You might have heard every other song here before, but Michael and his supporting team bring their own distinctive touch to each of them, sometimes staying with an easy listening sound, but veering towards jazz at other times, especially when joined by the Puppini sisters.

The real surprise to me was the inclusion of Santa baby, originally made famous by Eartha Kitt and recorded by many female singers in the years since. Even Madonna recorded it (for the first A Very Special Christmas), but I don't ever remember hearing a male version before. Then again, male versions exist of Stand by your man {the three that I know about are by David Allan Coe, Lyle Lovett and Elton John), so I shouldn't be surprised really. Michael wisely changes the lyrics to sing Santa buddy, and it works well with that modification.

On the ever-popular Silent night, Michael is superbly backed by a children`s choir. I understand that this is the most-recorded Christmas song in the world and it's hard for anybody ro do a really distinctive version while maintaining the feel of the song, but Michael and the children did well. Michael put in another fine performance on Blue Christmas, recapturing the spirit of Elvis in his own way, by jazzing it up.

Apart from the tracks already mentioned, I particularly like those that I hear less frequently (relatively speaking; they are all very familiar to me), such as It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, A holly jolly Christmas, All I want from Christmas is you (originally written and made famous by Mariah Carey) and Christmas (baby please come home), the classic Phil Spector original.

I've mentioned most of the tracks here, just leaving I'll be home for Christmas, Ave Maria (with an adult choir), The Christmas song (chestnuts roasting on an open fire), Winter wonderland and Silver bells, all of which Michael performs superbly without doing anything radically different with them.

This is an excellent Christmas album, with plenty of familiar songs but enough variation to keep it interesting.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2011
The quality of the recordings on this album are fantastic , sung beautifully , not messed around with too much as some singers tend to do.
Downloaded as an mp3 with the intention of burning a CD so that i could listen to it while driving my car , only to find out that i am unable to make a hard copy! Had it been made plain that this was copy protected as his other albums are i would have bought the original version
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2011
Not quite as adventurous as hoped for but still a superb album.The orchestrations and choral backing are wonderful and the guests...the Puppini sisters,and Shania Twain are welcome additions to the festive songs. Standouts are HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS,CHRISTMAS BABY WON'T YOU PLEASE COME HOME,AVE MARIA,FELIZ NAVIDAD(especially good) and one new song COLD DECEMBER NIGHT.There are fifteen tracks on the CD running almost the hour so extrememly good value even if a few of the tracks have been released before. I suppose I expect more and was even considering only four stars, but there are Christmas plums in the vocals and as I listen more I know I will appreciate this album than so many other Christmas releases.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
Beautifully festive songs, with a modern twist. Fantastic Christmas listening, and will definitely be playing as I tuck into my turkey dinner :)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2011
When I first saw this advertised I thought'not another christmas cd' but after listening to it I have to admit its great!
A lovely album,very relaxing and easy to listen too,I have had it playing non stop and its still 44 sleeps until christmas. Cant wait to play this on christmas eve while I am busy preparing for christmas day.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2011
Fab - all the old favourites, with some great new versions of the classics. There is music for all the family on this album. Favourites are White Christmas and It's Beginning to Look a Like Christmas - any fan of Home Alone will understand why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Since I absolutely adore the sound of Michael's voice, and have loads of his music, I was so disappointed with this CD. Poor arrangement and bad choice of back up singers/choir/instrumentals.
Shania Twain spoils her duet with him.
"Jingle bells" is hideous with The Puppini Sisters who are so corny and are awful to listen to.
Thank goodness for the input from Graham on his guitar in "Holly jolly Christmas".
Hey Michael, what happened to your voice in "Santa baby"??? You're losing it buddy!!!
"All I want for Christmas is you" is sung only by Michael and is very listenable. Very nice!!
"Blue Christmas" is way too jazzed up and frankly - weird!!
Ok, so Thalia isn't too bad with "Feliz Navidad" but it's the background choir which then spoils it towards the end
All that other back up jingly jangly stuff + singers and bad arrangement is just a waste of an otherwise good CD. I will play this music when cooking dinner and have had a sherry or two!! I will make myself enjoy this CD and try and get over the nauseating parts!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2013
Loved this when we played it on Christmas Eve,it just set Christmas up for us. Mr. Smoothie just sings so beautifully and he is so relaxing but at the same time puts you in the spirit for Christmas.
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