Best of 2010: ~Christimas Albums~

December 20, 2010 at 8:04 PM | Posted in !Features! | Leave a comment

Jessica Simpson – Happy Christmas
Number of tracks: 12

I never thought Jessica would turn to funky/jazz music for a Holiday album, but she did. And she did it quite well, she covered some songs with a Holiday theme and some of them are very well known, so she definitely had to do them perfectly. Here Comes Santa Clause/Santa Clause Is Coming To Town for example, which is a nice funky song with a bounce. A tricky one was the Christmas classic Happy Xmas (War Is Over), which she quite oversung, but she did quite alright in other tracks as I’ll Be Home For Christmas, a duet with John Britt, Merry Christmas Baby, a soulful duet with Willie Nelson, and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. There are also two original songs on this album, which she co-wrote: My Only Wish and Kiss Me For Christmas, which was my favourite on this album. I loved Carol Of The Bells as well, it still sounds like a classic song, and the hidden tracks Jingle Bell Rock and Silent Night are also decent. I will never like her voice, though.


Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You
Number of tracks: 13

The queen of the modern Christmas carols, and she made some new ones too for her second Christmas album! Looking at the cover, this almost looks like an ode to the first album, don’t you think? Oh Santa! is one of the best modern Christmas songs ever with that special Mariah R&B sauce, and Christmas Time Is In The Air Again, When Christmas Comes (which is like ‘Fly Like A Bird’ in Christmas theme, hehe) and One Child are original tracks as well. Mariah’s version of Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Clause Lane) could have been better concidering the beat, but it was fun to hear the song Mariah style (with harmonized vocals!).
There is also an ‘Extra Festive’ version of All I Want For Christmas Is You, but it’s not much different from the original, only the introduction is different and her vocals have been re-recorded. Then her version of Auld Lang Syne (New Year’s Anthem) gave me goosebumps at first, then it really got me dancing with an instant dance beat (oh really??). This is actually a Xmas album worth listening to, if you like Mariah.


Katharine McPhee – Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You
Number of tracks: 10

Katharine delivered the best cover of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christma, by far. It has been kept so simple with a blues theme to it, with just a piano, some strings and a brass instrument. The only original track, It’s Not Christmas Without You, is such a heartfelt song, and it’s nominated to be the best Holiday track of the year. Her covers of the 1981 rock song Christmas Is The Time (To Say I Love You) and the classics O Holy Night and Silver Bells are very, very well done too. I have never listened to a single song of hers before, but I must admit Katharine has a most beautiful voice! She was even better than Mariah at covering Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem, Katharine never oversung a single song. Being so simple, this one is better than Mariah’s for not being so commercially aimed.

Ofcourse these are not all Christmas albums released this year, but these three have to be the most well known of 2010. If you are looking for more Christmas music, these albums have also been released this year:
Advent: Christmas EP Volume 2 by Future of Forestry
A Christmas Cornucopia by Annie Lennox
Christmas in Harmony by Wilson Phillips
The Gift by Susan Boyle
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album by The Glee Cast
Home for the Holidays by Point of Grace
A Merry Little Christmas (by Lady Antebellum)
Now That’s What I Call Christmas! 4 by various artists
The Spirit of Christmas 2010 by various artists
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Take 6

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