There is no doubt that Luis Miguel's name is historical icon in the Latin music industry. No Latin artist has sold more records, obtained more sold-out world tours, and delivered some of the most amazing romantic music of our time, old or new. Over the last twenty-five years, the classic style of Bolero has been re-popularized by Luis Miguel Through his Romance's series. Now for the first time, Luis Miguel is utilizing the same technique to bring all his fans these upcoming holidays an album filled with Christmas oldies entitled ''Navidades Luis Miguel''. These songs have been interpreted for many years in all kinds of genres, languages, and artist worldwide, such as Blanca Navidad (White Christmas), Noche de Paz (Silent Night), and Navidad, Navidad (Jingle Bells), among others.
Luis Miguel's strong, often serious voice isn't the first you'd think of to breathe life into a succession of giddy Christmas carols and holiday favorites. But the singer positively soars on Navidades
, a slick collection of American classics translated into Spanish. He kicks things off with an inspired, big-band take on "Santa Claus Llego a la Ciudad" ("Santa Claus is Comin' to Town"), and the lush arrangement is indicative of the disc's classy, classic tone. Miguel emotes beautifully during "Te Deseo Muy Felices Fiestas" ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") and "Blanca Navidad" ("White Christmas"). He offers inspired takes on the sentimental "Mi Humilde Oracion" (David Foster's modern holiday gem "My Grown-Up Christmas List") and Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" (an odd, if fitting, inclusion). The best, however, is a brassy, gospel-infused reworking of "Silent Night," complete with rousing chorus and blaring horns. It's a stirring, soulful disc closer, and the perfect bow on a glossy, glowing Christmas collection. --Joey Guerra