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"The Bells Of St. Mary's,"
"The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire),"
"Go Tell It On The Mountain,"
"I'll Be Home For Christmas,"
"Merry Christmas, Baby,"
"O Holy Night,"
"There Is A Star That Shines Tonight,"
All these songs are arranged accoustic and Sheryl Crow styled rock; a nice departure from the normal holiday fare and of course, nicely sung. I failed to mention the free track is titled "Hello My Friend, Hello" and isn't a cover of Neil Diamond's song but an original.
I like all the various song arrangements, some in blues style, and some non-traditional versions of songs like "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song." For me, the energetic, good feeling of the blues style songs, the gospel style songs, the uplifting songs, make for a very happy, Merry Christmas feeling. Nothing boring here, just beautiful singing and good musical arrangements. I am glad I listened to the words of those reviewers here who praised this album, and ignored those who did not.
Only two tracks stand out from the predominantly mainstream Christmas moods which characterize this album which really does not sound very inspired.
Crow's only original song "There is a Star that Shines Tonight" is a very fine song though, and helps on the overall uninspired impression, if the listener has not already lost interest at this point, since it's the penultimate song on the CD. The heavy strings put on the second part of the song are really unnecessary and I think the song would have better without them.
The CD's absolute peak, however, is the last track, the beautiful traditional "All Through the Night". It seems this song is the only track that has been given a new and original approach.
The rest of the CD is rather ordinary mainstream interpretations of traditional songs and carols, in several cases arranged like Patsy Cline in the early 1960s.
Why Crow chose to re-record "Blue Christmas" is a mystery - her previous version was much more fresh and actually sounded as a Sheryl Crow song.
If you like traditional Christmas music this CD could easily be something for you; if in contrary you are looking out for new original Sheryl Crow music with her personal edge, you will probably be disappointed with this release.
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Nice Christmas CD with Sheryl Crow replacing some of the usual crooners on some classics. I love her voice, and prefer her rock music to anything else, but this is a nice holiday... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Cindy M
Some different takes on Christmas classics. white Christmas is my favorite here.Published 19 months ago by Barry Hayes