It’s hard to believe the Christmas season is upon us once again. It’s the time of year when stores have already decked the halls and a small number of artists try to release albums that can compete with the Rat Pack’s classic Christmas repertoire. This year Idina Menzel, known for the song “Let It Go”, Darius Rucker and Earth, Wind, and Fire are all taking a shot for their place in Christmas music history.
It has been years since the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy David Jr has released the iconic Christmas songs that we grew up. Many artists have tried and failed to come close to the untouchable title that these men and women have but one man has managed to get extremely close to it.
It has only been three years since Michael Bublé released his first Christmas album, and yet it has become a staple in many households around the world. Titled Christmas, the album covers a range of holiday songs, including the old classics and modern hits as well as a couple originals. The album covers the classics like “It’s Beginning to Look A lot like Christmas”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Silent Night”.
While the album is mostly filled with the usual repertoire of Christmas songs, Bublé mixes it up by adding an original, as a way to show that his big band crooner voice, isn’t the only talent he has. He also adds his own personal twist to Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by slowing it down to a piano ballad, making it, in my opinion, better than the original.
A highlight of the album certainly has to be “Ava Maria” and “Feliz Navidad”. Bublé, a Canadian covers both of these songs in their original language, this being Italian and Spanish. While these songs aren’t exactly like “Let It Snow”, they are staples in other cultures and with Bublé covering it shows that he has a global audience he is willing to keep happy.
What makes this album a Christmas classic, is Bublé’s ability to bring back these oldies in a modern way. His voice is certainly similar to previous Standard singers but it is his arrangements that keep these classic songs fresh. If it weren’t for these new arrangements this album would have been easily unforgettable, and have been lost in the crowd of Christmas albums.
If you can’t get enough of Bublé’s holiday songs, there is no need to worry. His fourth annual Christmas special will air on NBC, December 17th at 8pm EST. Filmed at the infamous Radio City Music Hall, it has special guests for all ages including Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and The Rockettes. And if that isn’t enough, Bublé is featured on the track “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with Idina Menzel. This can be found on her newly released Christmas album titled “Holiday Wishes”