Last Tuesday, I reviewed my most favorite Christmas album - The Statler Brothers "Christmas Card". This week is a more recent Christmas favorite by the consummate crooner, Michael Buble'.
Released just last year, Christmas rose to #1 the week of December 10, 2011 and remained there for four weeks. It's as old-fashioned as can be but still sounds current. I love the big band sounds of the classic Christmas songs. His duet of White Christmas with Shania Twain was based on a 1954 arrangement by The Drifters. His version of Jingle Bells with The Puppini Sisters was based on a 1943 recording of Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters. He sounds like the full rat pack all rolled into one... especially on Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (I mean the big, fat man with the long white beard).
He does a couple of really great covers too. His voice wraps around Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You like fine ribbon around a beautifully wrapped package. He slows it down in a gorgeous, sexy way. It's like a whole new song and a very romantic success. Then he gives Elvis's Blue Christmas a Louisiana flare make-over with a jazzy clarinet and trumpet. Every genre is explored on this album.
My least favorite song is Santa Baby. That's definitely a sexy chick song, don't you think? "I've been an awful good guy, Santa Buddy" just didn't seem right. But his version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is as smooth as silk. That song is one of my all time favorites, and it never sounded so good.
This album is 15 songs strong and guaranteed to turn a regular night into a romantic night. Guys, listen up! This would be an easy gift for that special someone in your life (you can thank me later).
Have a listen for yourself...