Not The Same Ol’ Ho Ho Ho: Round Two
More Christmas discs to slip
By Jim Caligiuri,
12:57PM, Wed. Dec. 3, 2008
You may be baking cookies or trying to figure out which big screen television will be gracing your wall (and how you’re going to pay for it) for the holidays. I’m headed back to the mailbox to see what else is new in Christmas discs this year.
Christmas Duets (RCA)
The repackaging of Elvis’ Christmas catalog comes in the form of "duets" with some of country music’s divas. Whether the King would have actually wanted to record with Carrie Underwood, Leeann Rimes, and Gretchen Wilson is open to discussion.
Jarreau’s first attempt at the holiday cannon is a smooth jazz lover’s delight. You’ve been warned.
A Jazz & Blues Christmas (Putumayo)
B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Ramsey Lewis head this list of offbeat offerings. Recommended for those looking for something beyond the same ol’ ho ho ho.
Home for Christmas (Hallmark)
Available only at Hallmark stores and not especially engaging. Crow’s fans might find some delight here.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Razor & Tie)
Sweet R&B grooves and pleasing duets with the likes of Vince Gill, Josh Groban, and Take 6 make McKnight’s second Christmas disc a keeper.
Christmas On the Pecos (Image)
New Mexico isn’t the first place that comes to mind at Christmas, but Travis makes it work with his easygoing style. As TV shows go, this one is as country as it gets.
A Very Rosie Christmas (Sing-A-Long)
Seattle’s answer to Shawn Colvin, Thomas brings an indie-folk spirit to traditional tunes and gets extra points for transforming the Chipmunks' “Christmas Don’t Be Late” into a hymn.
A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas (Sony Classical)
Her Betty Boop voice might take getting used to, but Chenoweth’s take on holiday tunes is as traditional and sticky as an extra large candy cane.