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Christmas - Michael Buble
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Christmas - Michael Buble
Advantages: Great for Christmas
I love Christmas and always start celebrating as early as I think I can get away with. Last year I bought this Michael BublÚ Christmas CD and it quickly became one of my favourite Christmas CDs. I have quite a collection but the mixture of traditional and modern songs on this album ensures that there is something for everyone at a family gathering. We always travel a lot over the Christmas period to visit family and this CD is the perfect accompaniment to a long journey. It is also great music to have playing as you put up your tree or cook your Christmas lunch.
The album has the following songs
01 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
A 1950's song this track doesn't sound old fashioned at all and starts this album off brilliantly. It gives that rush of Christmas excitement when heard for the first time at this time of year in much the same way as seeing the Coca Cola 'Holidays are coming' advert does. Although I have heard earlier versions of this song Michael's is by far my favourite.
02 Santa Claus is coming to town
Well known by all this classic Christmas song tells the story of Santa visiting on Christmas eve. It's up beat and hard not to sing along too.
03 Jingle Bells
Another song which will be familiar to most people this version of the track features the vocal harmony group The Puppini Sisters. I love their harmonies on this version and they compliment Michael really well.
04 White Christmas
Originally recorded by Bing Crosby and covered by many artists since the lyrics of this song detail what would be an ideal Christmas for many of us. Michael duets with country singer Shania Twain on this track which works really well but to be honest no one could ever improve on the Bing Crosby for me.
05 All I want for Christmas is you
The famous Mariah Carey song I actually prefer this Michael BublÚ cover to the original and I think it works really well with a male vocal.
06 Holly Jolly Christmas
This is not a song that I was familiar with before buying this album. It is an upbeat number that you soon find yourself singing along to and after the previous two slower tracks it picks up the pace of the album nicely.
07 Santa Baby
This is my least favourite track on the album as I feel that the number of changes in the lyrics to make it suit a man singing spoil it. It is a flirty song and it just doesn't work which is a shame.
08 Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Once on this track I soon forget about the blip of Santa Baby as am I treated to another well known Christmas track. This song reminds us to forget our troubles and enjoy Christmas time.
09 Christmas (baby please come home)
I first became aware of this song in the 1990's when Jon Bon Jovi covered it, there have been many cover versions in recent years and again this track suits Michael's voice really well. It reduces the tempo of the album to lead nicely into the next 2 tracks.
10 Silent Night
I love this version of the Christmas carol Silent Night, it brings the album in touch with the origins of Christmas. A great addition to the album.
11 Blue Christmas
A sad song about unrequited love the Elvis Presley version will be familiar to many, it makes me appreciate how lucky I am to have my husband and family.
12 Cold December Night
This is the only original Michael BublÚ song on the album and is about asking to be loved at Christmas. It is not out of place at all on this album of Christmas songs and is one of the highlights for me.
13 I'll be home for Christmas
Another song made famous by Bing Crosby the sentiment of going home for Christmas has made this song popular over the years and Michael's version is another good addition to this album.
14 Ave Maria
Another link to the religious origins of Christmas, although not the best version of the song as I prefer it with a female vocal it is a good inclusion on the album.
15 Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad
A great upbeat final track Michael duets with Thalia, this track is sung in spanish which is frustrating that I can't understand what it is about but it still really enjoyable.
This album was only released in 2011 but this year a special edition is being released (UK release date 19 November 2012). The special edition includes 3 bonus tracks Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman (featuring The Puppini sisters) and Silver Bells (featuring Naturally 7) and Michael's Christmas Greeting. Although I find it annoying that a special edition has been released so soon after the original I love this album so much that I am looking forward to my copy arriving in a couple of weeks.
Summary: A great Christmas album from Michael BublÚ