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4.6 out of 5
234 Ratings

234 Ratings

Writer and Music Lover ,

Awesome

My favorite day of the year is Christmas. My favorite memories in childhood are almost all of Christmas. Therefore, I am very picky about my Christmas albums. Unfortunately, I tend to buy five or more new ones every year (I have already bought three this year, and it's not even half way through October--Yikes). Most of the Christmas albums leave me wanting. They all have the same songs, sung the same way, and most feel like they are thrown together last minutes and never really had any time or love lavished upon them. When they do try to do something new or change an original, they end up stripping away the magic from the song. As a result, there are only three albums I would ever give a five star rating: Amy Grant--Home for Christmas; Mariah Carey--Merry Christmas; and now Kristin Chenoweth--A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas. Every single song is a winner. Even a couple songs I typically hate (Christmas Island) are fantastic. The good old traditional songs are done with new life and vigor, while keeping a truly magic feeling. She even did a recording of 'Come On Ring Those Bells', a song I haven't heard since I was a kid, and she did it with enough twang and sass to make any country boy proud. (This is the only song with twang--don't let that freak you out.) She has a great duet on Sleigh Ride/Marshmallow World with John Pizzarelli, which I think is my favorite on the album, but there are four or five that are fighting to be tied for first place. It is obvious the time, talent, and painful detail that went into the making of this album. Truly a remarkable Christmas album. One that will last throughout the generations. And if you're worried that you're gonna be serenaded by GaLinda. Get over it! It's a good thing! Buy the Album, light the fire, decorate the tree, hang the mistletoe and get ready for a great Christmas.

catgirl23 ,

Wicked gone Christmas!

kristin,just like she did in "Wicked" did a fantabulas job on this album! You can really feel the holidays at their simplest here,and sometomes simple is better.

MEL from LS ,

jew review!

I sware I cannot stand Christmas music, or the fact that every store has this Xmas music blaring from Halloween till new years but this is AWESOME. You cannot help but adore Kristins voice and the innocent and real way she sings these classic songs. I would actually listen to this around the tree....if I had one!

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