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Limited colored vinyl LP pressing. 2013 holiday album from Grammy winner and multi-platinum recording artist Kelly Clarkson. The album features brand new instant classics such as the first single, 'Underneath The Tree' and title track, 'Wrapped In Red' as well as Christmas favorites, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', 'Blue Christmas', 'Run Run Rudolph', 'Please Come Home For Christmas' and many more!
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This is a terrific CD. Christmas CD's don't get any better that this!
Wrapped in Red includes 14 riveting tracks that smoothly transitions to the next with the exceptional production by Greg Kurstin. And a Christmas album would not be without the perennial tunes that listeners have grown familiar with during the holiday season, and Clarkson follows in the tradition with her distinct vocals on each one, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "White Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and "Silent Night" (with Reba and Trisha Yearwood). She adds a bit of a rockin' around the Christmas tree 1960s style with the following songs that could have been on a Phil Spector and the Ronettes album, "Wrapped in Red," the wall of sound and excellent brief saxaphone solo on "Underneath the Tree," an a la Chuck Berry rendering of "Run Run Rudolph," opening chords of "Pipeline" begins the song "4 Carats" and girl group like back-up vocals, and "Winter Dreams (Brandon's Song)." Clarkson continues with a few more songs that carry the heart of rock and roll and blues of the season, "Please Come Home For Christmas," "Blue Christmas," and an Otis Redding sounding "Every Christmas," nice brass section. Things lighten up a bit with the jazzy "Baby It's Cold Outside" (with Ronnie Dunn), "My Favorite Things" and the contemporary sounding of all of the songs "Just For Now" concludes the album.
This is bound to be a holiday favorite for Clarkson fans or listeners that cannot get enough of the sounds of the holidays. And along with the songs, the digital book contains information of Clarkson's inspiration for the album, production, and colorful pictures.
I'd recommend you add this to your collection if you enjoy Christmas music (old and new).
While the vocals on "Baby It's Cold Outside" are solid, the song is missing any flirtatiousness between the singers.
Those two songs are just minor irritants in an otherwise wonderful Christmas album. I'm really impressed with the original songs. So many artists try to create the next great holiday song, yet fail, but Kelly has hit some home runs. Time will tell if I'm right...we'll see if other artists are covering her songs a decade from now.
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The opening track, co-written by Clarkson, and the title of the album itself, will probably never be quiet as big as a hit as anything Maria Carey released, but it's a satisfying start. It would be interesting to hear someone else interpret it in years to come. Underneath the Tree, continues to impress, also co-written by Clarkson; an up tempo track with more than a nod to Phil Spector.
Right, here is the real test, can she pull off a classic like, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas? Yes she can, a cracking version of the song, that keeps all the traditional trimmings of the original and adds a brilliant vocal to it.
The albums continues to strengthen with as good as you can get version of Run Run Rudolph; I really enjoyed it.
Time for another classic, Please Come Home for Christmas and she continues to hit the mark. That's 5 for 5 for my money; great stuff.
Next up, another co-written Clarkson number, Every Christmas and it doesn't disappoint; the girl can clearly sing.
Blue Christmas next and it's country tone clearly gravitates towards Clarkson's tonal qualities, a genuinely strong version of the song.
Baby It's Cold Outside sung here with Ronnie Dunn, is pleasing enough, but Dunn's voice doesn't work for me. Clarkson however is still on form.
Winter Dreams (Brandon's Song) another co-written song from Clarkson and this is another strong one.
The ultimate test, how will she fair with White Christmas? She does well, not the strongest track on the album, but by no means a dud.
My Favorite Things is a tremendous effort; has more than a pinch of Streisand qualities and one of the highlights for me. Brilliant.
4 Carats, the final Clarkson co-written track and it's a likable enough track; could have easily gone the other way, but stays away from the cheese. Well done.
Just for Now, getting to filler territory now and whilst not the strongest of songs, by no means a dud.
Silent Night, made for Clarkson's vocals and she pulls it off with ease; very strong track and addition to the countless other versions. Backing vocals of Reba & Trisha Yearwood are a pleasing addition.
Bonus tracks now. I'll Be Home for Christmas is another great version and Clarkson's vocals are strong again.
Finally, Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel closes a very strong album.
A number of things occur to me hear. Firstly, I will listen to this again and pick my favorite tracks for sure. Secondly, I will definitely check out some of Clarkson's other work, as this impressed me; vocally that is as well as being festive. The Clarkson co-written songs, whilst engaging and pleasing, would not have been strong enough to carry this album alone, but very few Christmas albums can in fairness.
My final thoughts on what, after hearing this, I feel Kelly Clarkson should attempt next, an album of Jazz standards. Her voice definitely has that quality and the orchestration on this album, does give a hint that she would be easily at home, singing Ella and Sinatra classics.
Great album I strongly recommend.
I didn't realize that there were two editions, but the deluxe edition appears to be standard in the UK, from where I bought my copy. It contains two songs not on the standard American edition - I'll be home for Christmas and O come o come Emmanuel. Both tracks are superbly performed in keeping with the rest of the album, but if the price differential between editions is significant, customers must make up their own mind as to whether the extra cost is worth it. If I'd been faced with the choice, I'd pay a little extra for these two tracks, but not too much.
The CD case came with a sticker proclaiming the first two tracks (Wrapped in red, Underneath the tree) as the new classics. That may be optimistic as I've heard plenty of fantastic original Christmas songs that haven't become classics, but if either of theses songs or Kelly's other originals here (Every Christmas, Winter Dreams (Brandon's Song), 4 Carats) become accepted as classics, it will be no more than Kelly deserves. I particularly like 4 carats, but they are all wonderful.
Of the standards, Ronnie Dunn (formerly of the country duo Brooks and Dunn) sings the male parts in Baby it's cold outside, and is fantastic in that role, while Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood join Kelly in a fine version of Silent night. These two have recorded their own Christmas albums, Trisha recorded Sweetest Gift, The , while Reba recorded Merry Christmas to You , which is a very traditional country album. and The Secret of Giving - A Christmas Collection , which is pop-country.
The cover of ust for you, mentioned earlier, features a portion of the traditional Carol of the bells. Carol of the bells in its entirety might have been interesting for Kelly, Reba and Trisha to sing together, but I'm very happy with this album as it is.
Another thing the sticker on the front said is that this is Kelly's first Christmas album. Let's hope it's not the last. I'd love to buy the second whenever it appears.
Three of the songs that Kelly co-wrote - Wrapped In Red, Under The Tree, and 4 Carats - are highlights, as are Run Run Rudolph and My Favourite Things (the latter of which I have never before known to be on a Christmas album).
My only complaint is that my version contained only 14 songs - I had to buy the remaining two songs as downloads. Is it too much to ask that I can buy a whole album on CD? I am tempted to deduct a star because of this, but the currently-available version contains all 16 tracks and is therefore worthy of five stars.
This is one of the few Christmas albums that I play all the way through without skipping any tracks.
Some originals on here & some cover versions.
Cover versions: Kelly manages to make these her own & beautifully arranged vocals breathe life into the songs, so you sit up & take note.
One of my favourite tracks is, Underneath The Tree - just makes me smile & dance around my room :)
There are no bad tracks on this CD, and it will figure as a regular Christmas CD in my listening collection in future, and I would recommend it, and if you are a Kelly Clarkson fan, it is an album which you must definitely have. It's good to have traditional Christmas songs at Christmas, but Kelly's album is already a classic for me, and I expect this will become essential listening in years to come. Well done, Kelly!
Personal highlights, 'Wrapped in Red' is Kelly at her best vocally, so much soul. 'Underneath The Tree' is the 'All I want For Christmas Is You' of the recent times, it's catchy, upbeat and gets your excited for Christmas!
The classics such as 'I'll Be Home for Christmas', ''White Christmas' 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and 'Please Come home For Christmas' are just so smooth and fitting.
A must own album for the festive season.
This album is the best Christmas album ever... for a fan of Kelly or not.
Her voice is amazing and has an amazing mix of slow,sad,happy and Pop like songs on it
This album is well better than Susan Boyles or Leona Lewis`s Christmas album!
It had two fantastic new singles by her such as underneath the tree and wrapped in red and also some well known classics such as silent night and o come o come Emmanuel it was brilliant
This album will bring your Christmas spirits high with Kelly