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Kylie Christmas (Deluxe)(CD/DVD)
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As it turned out, Kylie went with a traditional approach. The productions are brassy and dynamic, but in the same vein as the multitude of other versions out there. Some of the instrumentals may actually be the exact same as the classics--"Let It Snow" for example. The traditional approach allows her captivating voice to really shine through, but also reduces originality. None of the tracks really fall flat, but some do fail to supersede other versions out there. Here are my favorites:
- I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter. Kudos for picking this lesser known Connie Francis track. The 50s style production is all be-bop and lots of fun
- 2000 Miles. One of my all-time favorite holiday songs that is frequently forgotten. Kylie does it well.
- Santa Baby. Kylie purrs and flirts her way through the Eartha Kitt classic with ease and obviously has fun doing it. The production adds a flare of blues to the song but otherwise doesn't reinvent the wheel. Still not as good as Eartha's but one of the better attempts I've heard.
- Christmas Isn't Christmas 'Til You Get Here - haven't heard this song before, not sure if it is an original or not, but I like it a lot. A familiar pop beat with a catchy chorus. What's not to love?Read more ›
So, here it is. A pretty great mix of classics and newly-penned festive songs, with Kylie doing on here what she has been doing all along, sticking to her fun and frothy formula. Those sweet vocals we first came to enjoy on her "Abbey Road sessions" album, are on this set, too; Kylie's mellow delivery on more subtle numbers is most splendid. Standouts include her take on The Pretenders' "2,000 Miles", the jazzy "Oh Santa", the Iggy Pop-assisted "Christmas wrapping", disco duet with sister, Dannii, "100 Degrees", and the Chris Martin-penned "Every day's like Christmas".Read more ›
Although Kylie continued to have hits in her native Australia, the U.K., and Europe, she had little success in the U.S. until her 2002 album Fever, which featured the hit single "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," which climbed to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the album reached #3 on the Billboard 200. I own the latter track on the CAPITOL RECORDS 60TH ANNIVERSARY box set, which Amazon no longer sells.
After several years away from the U.S. market, Kylie is back with a new Christmas album, co-released on Warner Bros. Records and The Beatles' old label, Parlophone (now a WB imprint). The album is excellent, and shows Kylie's versatility in styles ranging from big band to adult contemporary ballads to dance music to jazz to disco. There are duets with Iggy Pop ("Christmas Wrapping"), James Corden (of CBS's "The Late Late Show") ("Only You," not The Platters' 1950s hit), her sister Dannii ("100 Degrees"), and, with the help of producer Charles Pignone, a "virtual duet" with Frank Sinatra on "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," taken from Frank's 1957 ABC-TV Christmas special, HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH BING AND FRANK, a special episode of his series, THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It'a Kylie singing Christmas songs: it's exactly what you expect. And sometimes, it's exactly what you want.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great album, very festive! Definitely one of my new favorites for the Christmas season!Published 22 days ago by punkred13
I love Kylie's personality and this CD is my new favorite Christmas CD with several standout renditions and new songs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NickFun4U