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“This is the first Christmas release by celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming….[I]t’s not 100 percent clear that this is not an operatic album at all, but a jazz-pop collection. Fleming has sung this kind of music before, but she has made her reputation mostly through pure operatic releases….In all this is a holiday release that [...]

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Idina Menzel: Holiday Wishes

“Holiday Wishes… is satisfying because producer Walter Afanasieff commits to his Christmas classicism, as does Menzel. Everything here sparkles with the gleam of freshly fallen snow: it’s big, bright, and so stubbornly out of fashion that it’d never go out of style.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog Listen Now

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Mary J. Blige: A Mary Christmas

“[I]t contains a mix of standard holiday songs — a couple playful, many solemn, all dramatic. It’s a big production; an orchestra backs Blige on most of the songs. She pours herself into all of the material….[I]t’s a full-effort holiday release that many of her fans should be able to enjoy for several years.” –All [...]

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“Jewel isn’t looking to reinterpret the songs we know and love, but rather deliver satisfyingly sweet versions of melodies embedded in our subconscious….[E]verything feels sincere and nothing gets bogged down with sticky sentiment. Let It Snow may not transcend the conventions of a Christmas album, but it also avoids the pitfalls and, on the whole, [...]

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Kelly Clarkson: Wrapped In Red

“Generally, the 14 songs here emphasize Clarkson’s skills as a full-throated diva — the arrangements are bold and brassy, as is her delivery — but when the tempo slows and the arrangements scale back, she’s perhaps even more alluring….Perhaps the concept and execution are conventional, but even in this utterly expected setting, Clarkson retains her [...]

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“Holidays Rule attempts to shake up the standard holiday listening with a cross section of artists ranging from ragtag indie acts to legitimate pop icons having a go at time-honored Christmas classics and wintry holiday songs. The collection features contributions from 17 diverse acts….” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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A Very She & Him Christmas

Drawing inspiration from classic holiday offerings from the likes of the Carpenters, the Beach Boys, and Vince Guaraldi, M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s third outing under the She & Him moniker finds the quirky duo tackling its first collection of Christmas music. Check Our Catalog

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Susan Boyle: The Gift

“If ever there was an ideal candidate for a holiday album it’s Susan Boyle, the reality TV show contestant who caused a sensation with her pretty, old-fashioned performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” in 2009. If ever there was a genre that calls for old-fashioned prettiness it’s the holiday album. [The Gift] is an appropriately [...]

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“Six years after the first volume, Ricky Skaggs returns with A Skaggs Family Christmas Vol. 2, a ten-song CD that features both studio and live recordings. A bonus DVD, A Skaggs Family Christmas Live, is also included in the package, which presents the family’s holiday concert filmed live in at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.”–All [...]

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Michael Bublé: Christmas

Along with holiday favorites (“Silent Night,” “Jingle Bells,” “White Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”), Christmas also features “Cold December Night,” an original from Bublé. Check Our Catalog

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“A graceful and balanced holiday album featuring Mark O’Connor’s brilliant fiddle playing on several Christmas classics, along with friends and guests Renée Fleming, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Steve Wariner, Jane Monheit, Yo-Yo Ma, Sharon Isbin, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, and others”–All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Glee: The Christmas Album

“Features a handful of wintertime tunes, from the standard crop of Christmas carols to more secular fare like Frank Loesser’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and the Carpenters’ “Merry Christmas Darling.” Most of the carols are what you’d expect: slick, sentimental, and performed in Glee’s familiar Broadway-pop style, with solos by the cast members and backup [...]

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Pink Martini: Joy to the World

“While the band could very easily do a swanky lounge-pop album of the season’s songs, this globally minded collection is traditional and unpredictable at the same time…A near-perfect blend of spirituality and festivity, Joy to the World lets listeners hear the holidays with new ears, and maybe see it with fresh eyes, too.” –All Music [...]

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The Priests: Noel

Check Our Catalog “After selling over three million copies of their first two albums, the Priests turned their focus to the winter holidays. NOËL finds the ministers harmonizing their way through a number of Christmas standards, with an emphasis on traditional carols.” –All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Addressing her stately tones upon an array of Christmas standards with accompaniment from a full orchestra here and an African children’s choir there, Lennox tackles the likes of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol), Oh Little Town of Bethlehem and delivers a simply delightful version of Silent Night. Such [...]

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Check Our Catalog “The Puppini Sisters (who aren’t really named Puppini and aren’t really sisters) take on the Christmas season with their third album, an eclectic collection touching on their neo-swing tendencies. This is a British trio who may take after the Andrews Sisters overtly, but who, on the evidence of this disc, are at [...]

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Check Our Catalog “This is Lynne the poet, unflinchingly honest, reflecting, balancing the wide-open joy in performances of standards, from the retro swing of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the seasonally and romantically teemed “Silver Bells” and “White Christmas,” which make the case that the holiday is not necessarily a joyous one for some. As [...]

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Bob Dylan: Christmas in the Heart

Check Our Catalog “Christmas in the Heart is, in no particular order: delightful, silly, intimate in a somewhat phony way, gentle, cornball, crazy, dated, baffling and lovable.”–PopMatters

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Check Our Catalog “Béla Fleck, often considered the premiere banjo player in the world, has made a name for himself as a virtuoso instrumentalist unbounded by genre. His band The Flecktones are equally talented and adventurous as Fleck himself, and together they have made a string of critically acclaimed albums that combine bluegrass, jazz, funk [...]

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