Since going solo, Wynonna has sometimes strayed from her country roots. While this is markedly different in style from the Christmas album that Wynonna recorded with her mother in the eighties, it should have plenty of appeal to fans of contemporary country music. A slight disappointment is that Wynonna chose to re-record many of the songs that you'll find on Christmas time with the Judds. Well, at least if you listen to both, you'll notice the contrast. The musicians credited here play guitars, drums, upright bass, French horn, English horn, oboe, harp, harmonica and a vast number of strings, but Wynonna's lovely voice is always the focus.
Of the songs, the only original here (It's the messiah) closes the album and is indeed an excellent song, as well as being the album's highlight for me. Wynonna sings the familiar classics superbly. Two of them (Ave Maria, O come o come Emmanuel) are rarely found on country Christmas albums, so it's great to find them here. The other familiar classics are The Christmas song, Winter wonderland, White Christmas, I'll be home for Christmas, Santa Claus is coming to town, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, O holy night and Silent night.
This is a superb Christmas album that, rather like Jo Dee Messina's Christmas album, might appeal as much to fans of easy listening singers such as Doris Day as it does to country music fans. But hey! I'm a huge Doris Day fan as well as a huge country music fan, so I'm not complaining. Those who only want to hear traditional country music should forget this and buy Christmas time with the Judds.
Wynonna Judd is a very gifted singer, and she has proved to be able to sing both country and rock, and now she shows she can sing Christmas classics as well.
"A Classic Christmas" contains a good collection of Christmas classics. Her voice is perfect, and the musical arrangements are beautiful. The album has a very good christmas feeling. And her version of "O Holy Night" is very beautiful (and I don't usually listen to religious music).
If you're going to buy only one christmas album, this might be the one to buy.
Wynonna has a lovely and very distinguishable voice which suits this classic collection of Christmas favourites. The only track I am not sure about is Ave Maria, probably because I have versions of this sung by everyone from Callas to Netrebko so I have a very high bar for this one.
This album is not only for Country fans but anyone who likes their Christmas songs sung well will enjoy this.