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A great, lulled-back jazzy Christmas album
on October 16, 2012
I'm one of the many who were obsessed with Christina Perri's "Jay of Hearts" single. I thought it was such a breath of fresh air in the mix of thump-thump-thump Top 40 tracks and I loved the emotion behind the song. Naturally, I was interested in how her voice would sound over an EP of Christmas favorites. Here are my reviews, track-by-track.
01. Something About December - 4/5 - A soulful, lulling song that is beautiful.. but doesn't sound like Christmas. It's not that I only like holly-jolly, but something about the production just doesn't make you think cocoa and maxing out the credit card. Perfect for a candle lit evening at home, however. The best thing about it is that it's not a cover of a song we've all heard a zillion times.
02. Merry Christmas Darling - 5/5 - a beautiful cover, very eased-back production that is relaxing and inspired. One of my favorite tracks.
03. Please Come Home for Christmas - 3/5 - a lightly more energetic number that's orchestrated by a simple drum-snare with sparse jingle bells and guitar. A good background instrumental that let's Christina's voice show through. Not an absolute favorite, but I wouldn't skip it.
04. Ave Maria - 2/5 - this song has been done and overdone so many times that its appeal has been mostly lost for me, yet still certain artists manage to nail it and make it fresh. I don't think Christina did that. It's beautiful, don't get me wrong, and meshes well with the album overall, but hardly the best rendition.
05. Happy Xmas (War is Over) - 4/5 - I like this cover. It maintains a live vocals of the 60-70s feel, while offering a modern freshness that works. I don't usually like this song, but I do like it here.
06. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - 4/5 - With a voice like Christina's, you can imagine that it would be hard for her to mess up this great song. Fortunately she did not. It's pitch-perfect and produced with a simple piano instrumental, giving her voice even more room to shine. It won't put Judy Garland's version in the vault, but it will make a wonderful jazzy rendition for your 2012 Christmas mix.
OVERALL: A top-notch Christmas album that is full of great tracks despite having only 6. If you're looking for a Burl Ives-type sound, you've come to the wrong place, but if you are interested in a more new age, candle lights and dim-lit rooms type thing this is perfect. I can imagine listening to this while soaking in the tub with cinnemon bubble bath. It doesn't necessarily make me think of tinsel and snowmen, but there's plenty of that sound already out there, so it's certainly nice to get a fresh take on the classics. I would compare it to last year's A Very She & Him Christmas album in sound, although I think She & Him's album is slightly better.