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Audio CD, November 23, 2010

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  • Audio CD (November 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0044E9LVW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,555,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Multi-platinum recording artist Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) has been a staple in Rock music for over a decade, now Scott is doing something new in an old school fashion. Scott is carrying on the tradition of the likes of David Bowie and Neil Diamond and releasing traditional Christmas songs performing them in their traditional form.

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Very good album from the big named rock n' roll singer, Scott Weiland.
Bradley M. Maravalli
He's done a stellar job on this album, great renditions of these Christmas classics.
Magnifico
Not that that's a bad thing, I like Sinatra, just not what I expected.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Brown on December 6, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
I am reviewing this CD because I am annoyed at how the other "reviews" don't actually have much substance to them. If you are going to give it one star and make a joke about drugs, I can't take your review seriously.

I found this album to actually be very good. When I first listened to the audio samples I was unsure of how much I was going to like it, but I was pleasantly suprised. Here is my review....

Track 1 - The Christmas Song
Not bad, but not the best song. The vocals seem a little shakey at times, but the music is beautiful.

Track 2 - I'll Be Home For Christmas
This is my least favorite on the album. I give Weiland credit for trying to channel his inner Sinatra, but I think he should leave the crooning to Frank. The music arrangement is nice though.

Track 3 - White Christmas
Another song where Weiland tried to "croon". I felt like the vocals were a little too slow on this track. I don't think they matched the music (which is great).

Track 4 - Silent Night
I liked his take on this song! It is different and upbeat. It makes you feel like you are in Margaritaville for Christmas!

Track 5 - It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Excellent!!! A nice rendition of a Christmas classic. Great vocals and lovely music. Reminds me of the Sinatra version. One of my favorites on this album.

Track 6 - What Child Is This
This has always been my favorite Christmas song. Weiland's sings this upbeat and different from how people usually sing it. It has a big band feel to it. A nice change-up from the 'traditional' version.

Track 7 - Walking In A Winter Wonderland
Lovely! Another song with a Jazzy/Big Band feel to it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By useyourillusion on November 25, 2011
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I was already expecting a holliday album with big band and jazz arrangements of Christmas classics. Because of that, I am really liking this album. I could see my some people would think otherwise, maybe it wasn't what they where expecting or something. If you want to hear Scott singing some rock songs, don't bother with this, listen to something from his past cataloge. If you want to hear him try his hand at something completely different from Velvet Revolver or STP, you may be in for a pleasent surprise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sal Nudo VINE VOICE on December 13, 2011
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There's a hidden track at the end of Scott Weiland's second solo CD, "Happy in Galoshes," called "Be Not Afraid." It's a tender Catholic hymn sung sincerely and beautifully by Weiland. Perhaps performing that surprise song was a musical direction that eventually led to "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," an entertaining Christmas CD from the front man of Stone Temple Pilots and formerly of Velvet Revolver.

Is this album nothing more than a lark by Weiland? His oddly sung, boozy-sounding low timbre on "I'll be Home for Christmas" and "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" suggest that it is. Luckily, though, there's enough here to spice up holiday cheer -- just drink some spiked eggnog and bring along an open mind. Mixing things up between old-timey-sounding standards at the start (think Bing Crosby) and his own eclectic influence later on (Christmas in the Caribbean, anyone?), Weiland is, if nothing else, an unpredictable artist who likes to take his fans in different directions.

If you're bored with the somber sound of the first few tracks, don't worry; the pace picks up halfway through. "Silent Night," "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "What Child is This?" are all fun, well-done tracks, and Weiland is engaged and genuine as he croons them. My favorite tune is the jazzed-up "O Holy Night," which would have made for a great single.

Writing his own Christmas originals for a more personalized feel or selecting more obscure holiday tunes may have given Weiland more credibility; he's capable of creating or picking out good ones. To be sure, the world didn't need this album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tendraftsdeep on November 26, 2011
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As a fan of Scott's work with Stone Temple Pilots as well as his solo albums, I was intrigued when I found out he was putting together a holiday album a couple years ago. My album arrived promptly from Amazon yesterday and listened to it a couple times last night.

To the point: It is listenable, heartfelt and offbeat. It has that certain old charm from the past, a classic Christmas vibe that Scott was attempting to both recreate and also pay homage to. Even the cover art emulates the old albums from the 1950-60's, and Scott's liner notes make for best wishes of holiday cheer.

The vocals seem to be a bit shaky and off key at times, Weiland obviously didn't try to over gloss this with auto tune vocal enhancement effects. Instead, he tries to channel Bing Crosby in open, sincere delivery. It almost comes across as someone singing impromptu, while with family hanging out on Christmas evening, with all the liquid spirits and cheer. Don't expect the usual Weiland rasp or smooth Bowie tones you would expect from his other solo albums.

Musically, the album is nice. A couple classics are done in varied style, and overall this album will fit in great with my holiday gathering playlists.

Overall, this is a likable album with a slight Indie vibe, heartfelt, a little off key, but true to Weiland's intentions. Don't expect perfection here, but for some nice holiday covers with class, it rings sincere and honest.
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