As you may recall, part of the deal with this series was that I check out some new Christmas albums to add to my holiday playlist. Kelly Clarkson’s Wrapped in Red is one of the new albums I chose, and I have to say that as much as I love Kelly Clarkson’s music and think she’s fabulously talented, I honestly didn’t love this album.
I turned on this album on Spotify while decorating the tree last night, and after hearing two thirds of the songs, T said, “I don’t recognize most of these songs. Are they new or something?” He’s right. There aren’t that many classic Christmas songs to be found on the album. In fact, out of fourteen tracks, literally half had titles I didn’t recognize and ended up being songs that were brand new to me. That’s great and all, but I personally want to be able to sing along to a good Christmas album, especially when the singer has a similar vocal range to me, like Kelly. (She also has an excellent name.)
That’s not to say that I haven’t discovered new Christmas music for my library. Kelly’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is beautifully classic, as is “White Christmas,” and it was fun to listen to her rendition of “Blue Christmas.” There are also a couple of nice ballads on here, like “Please Come Home For Christmas (Bells Will Be Ringing)” and “Winter Dreams (Brandon’s Song)”, and it wouldn’t be a Kelly Clarkson album without a token family-angst song like “Just For Now.” I particularly enjoyed “Silent Night,” the last track on the album, featuring Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood along with Kelly herself.
Instead of listening to the entire album every year, I’ll probably be adding my favorites to my shuffle-friendly holiday playlist. Seems fair.
- Day 7: Pentatonix – That’s Christmas To Me
- Day 6: Amy Grant – Home For Christmas
- Day 5: Renée Fleming – Christmas in New York
- Day 4: Neil Diamond – The Christmas Album
- Day 3: Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas
- Day 2: Sufjan Stevens – Songs For Christmas
- Day 1: Bing Crosby – Christmas Classics