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Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas
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Ally McBeal A Very Ally Christmas featuring Vonda Shepard [Clean]
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MP3 Music, November 7, 2000
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Ally McBeal has dominated television for three years, so why not a Christmas album for fans who number 20 million or more? Truth be told, this is really a Vonda Shepard record (she's Ally's TV singing voice), with a little help from the McBeal cast, including Ally (née Calista Flockhart), who successfully tries on Eartha Kitt's silly, sassy, seductive "Santa Baby." With 14 tracks and Macy Gray's distinctive "Winter Wonderland" included, the album covers lots of turf, as Shepard and company cover hymns and carols that are sparsely arranged and appealing for their soulful simplicity. Shepard's soprano talent continues to reveal its many riches. Here's a singer who's at home in a gut-bucket blues tune such as "Please Come Home for Christmas" and strolling down Broadway, joyfully swinging on "The Man with the Bag." Additional surprises include Shepard's duet with Robert Downey Jr. on "White Christmas" and Joni Mitchell's "River." Recommended. --Martin Keller
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It's worth getting just for "River" by Robert Downey Jr., if for nothing else!
But if you liked the show? It's got Macy Gray's "Winter Wonderland", Calista Flockhart's "Santa Baby", and Vonda Shepard herself singing many, including "What Are you Doing New Year's Eve?"
Buy it - it's worth it!
Thankfully, once Ally McBeal got very popular, a 'soundtrack' from the show was released, which offered up the music that Vonda Shepard and the cast of Ally McBeal (including the also very talented Jane Krakowski and Lisa Nicole Carson) had been singing. Successful sales of that original soundtrack led to several other soundtrack and compilation CDs from the show, including this great CD.
Well, this particular soundtrack is a compilation of Christmas and holiday music from the Ally McBeal show, including several pieces that came late in the shows life (two songs with Robert Downey, Jr. providing vocals).
Vonda Shepards work on this CD has her at the top of her game. Her version of "The Man with the Bag" is just such a happy and jolly holiday tune, you can't help yourself from perking up just listening to it.
Jane Krakowski's version of "I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus" brings out that hint of naughtiness that was ever present in her portrayal of Ally's man hungry secretary on the show.
Macy Gray's "Winter Wonderland," and Lisa Nicole Carson's "Santa Claus got stuck in my chimney" are both soulful and perfectly bluesy.
The surprise of the CD is Robert Downey, Jr.'s well done "River", which alone is worth the price of the CD.
Over all a CD that will take you through the range of Holiday feelings: joyful and perky happiness, bluesy and reflective thoughts, and playful naughtiness. A great holiday CD -- not just for fans of the Ally McBeal show.
This CD has become one my all time favorite holiday choices. I originally bought it as a gift and had to get another one for myself.
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Vielen Dank für das Lesen meiner Rezension.
P.S. Die Lieder der anderen Stars auf dieser CD z.B. von Robert Downey Jr. hören sich auch top an - ausprobieren lohnt sich!!!
Alors Noël mais pas que... un plaisir toute l'année pour cet album de douceur (avec toujours un brin de folie tout de même)