Her latest yuletide collection features half a dozen songs largely aimed at making listeners want to dance, but the breakout title track encourages welcome reflection and gratitude. She wrote the title track, a bouncy musical sleigh ride through the city that never sleeps. Orchestral and choral forces abound in most of the dozen tracks, three benefiting from particularly inviting duet harmony parts for her collaborators: Broadway singer Jonathan Groff, theater-film actor and singer Darren Criss and British actress-singer Cynthia Erivo. An ambitious task, convincingly executed with Sheryl Crow-like amiability and a welcome absence of pretentiousness. Singers Josh Arnett and Aaron Gray are utterly sincere, if not always stylistically distinctive, in this heartfelt and often sprightly country session. John the Divine. Volume Two, due in , will highlight the numerous instrumentalists Winter has hosted. Randy Lewis covered pop music for the Los Angeles Times from to , working in that time as a reporter, music critic and editor for the Calendar section. He has interviewed most of the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Is the birth of the Los Angeles recording industry nestled in the grooves of these newly discovered wax cylinders?
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Holiday music, when done incorrectly, can be unbearably cheesy. Schmaltzy tunes about mistletoe, red noses, and strolling mit-covered hand-in-hand through the snow release by the sled-load every single year. This makes it hard to willfully seek out new holiday releases, but, believe it or not, there are a number of albums from recent years that deserve a spin. Feliz Navidad! Four decades into their career, East L.
But season after season it starts to feel like every shop is playing the same muzak CD starring Alvin And The Chipmunks. Here are the best Christmas albums of Even Slowhand got in the holiday spirit this year. Order it here. UK pop sensation and singer-songwriter Jessie J recruited the smoothest crooners of the 90s Babyface and Boyz II Men to lend their pipes to her first-ever holiday album. The beauty of Christmas music is its universal appeal. It can be sung in any language and across all genres.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Is the eggnog spiked, or have an exorbitant glut of Christmas albums come out in the last few weeks? Well, all the better given the doozy of a year has been. We surely could use all the glad tidings and yuletide cheer the music industry wants to shine down upon our Twitter-torn and Facebook-frayed nerves this holiday season. While we may be losing the historically awful "Baby It's Cold Outside" from the Christmas playlist rotation, perhaps the next seasonal fave of the new generation will turn up in the latest crop of jovial blessings celebrating the birth of Sweet Baby Jesus from across the sonic spectrum. He had last appeared on the Hot dated Aug.