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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I also love Christmas. And Christmas music. So what could be better than a combination?
So, if you are a Weiland fan, you will give this 5 stars for effort. He takes the traditional route here. He doesn't try to make it a rock Christmas record, but a true holiday themed record with respect for the classics. He gets in to the spirit of it.
If you are not a Weiland fan - 3 stars. You will likely find is passable Christmas music, and determine that his is a voice build for Rock.
Still, for a great price, its good to have in the collection.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After the death of Scott Weiland, I thought this would make an interesting purchase for the holidays. I was a huge fan of both Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Carolynn
Weiland seem to be going through the motions of making a Christmas CD. I imagine he needed money and this was a,quick way to make some. Still the CD has its moments.Published 3 months ago by Mark D
Puke! The worst! Scott can't hit a note on this one. Total garbage. I tossed my copy.Published 4 months ago by Woot
Great CD...I am a fan of STP but never knew that he was such an accomplished vocalist until I heard him sing this style. Read morePublished 5 months ago by 4runner
I hoped this would be entertaining at the very least, but I can't believe how bad this album is or that the producer let these songs be recorded and used them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JL
This is a great Christmas Album. As a long time STP fan I was actually surprised by many of the songs. Scott was indeed a talented guy who had a crooner's voice. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eric Albert
R.I.P. Mr. Weiland. He happened to pass away shortly before the holidays and after doing a little research I stumbled upon this album, which is not in the hard rock style that he... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jon Heider