Kringle's Choice: Best of this week's new releases
Michael Bublé : Christmas
I thought this might only be my second or third favorite release of the week but it's the album I keep coming back to, a really solid effort that gets better with each listen.
Matt Wertz : Snowglobe
Just barely edged out by Bublé comes this fantastic holiday effort from Nashville based singer songwriter Matt Wertz. No Spotify or MOG links as of yet but trust me this is a great album. You can preview and buy Snowglobe at Amazon or iTunes but if you head over to Matt's site you can grab gift packs that include CD's, download gift cards and exclusive letterpress greeting cards.
A Very She & Him Christmas
I loved the idea of this album when it was announced. I loved the advance single "The Christmas Waltz". I loved it as it played in the background while I blogged. Then I loved it a little bit less the more I listened. It's actually a bit of a downer after awhile and not the adorkable romp you might expect.While it's not as amazing as I'd hoped it would be (a victim of my unrealistically high expectations I suppose) it's still destined to become a staple on the holiday hi-fi all season long.
Chanticleer : Our Favorite Carols
Seeing Chanticleer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the musical highlight of my holiday season each year so any seasonal offering from them is going straight into heavy rotation. So good...
Tommy Emmanuel : All I Want For Christmas
Absolutly the best instrumental album I've heard so far this year...
Mannheim Steamroller : Christmas Symphony
The Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Express keeps on chugging with this fairly nice collaboration with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. If your a MS hater this won't change your mind but fans will want to give it a listen.
Season's Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas
Pretty much as good as it gets in the Four Seasons cover band Christmas compilation album genre.
Other releases of note
Deana Martin: White Christmas
Fairly unremarkable collection of holiday standards from Dino's daughter. I so wanted to like this. A duet with yule crooner extraordinaire Andy Williams fails to enliven the proceedings.
Randi Fay : Noel
Workmanlike collection of Christmas standards both classic and contemporary.
Scott Weiland : The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
I applaud Weiland for taking a risk and cutting a holiday themed platter but as I listened to The Most Wonderful Time of the Year I started to wonder if I'd gotten an album by the wrong Scott since Weilland seemed to be channeling Walker. Except a Scott Walker Christmas album would probably be a whole lot more interesting. And listenable. (Actually the arrangements aren't half bad, so there's that)