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Album Review

Arriving nine months after Katharine McPhee’s 2010 bleached-blonde AAA makeover Unbroken, Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You finds McPhee going back to her roots, returning to her brunette locks and reviving the show-stopping theatrics that made her a star on American Idol. Christmas Is the Time is an old-fashioned holiday record through and through, from the reliance on standards to the soft, roomy arrangements that allow plenty of space for McPhee to hit her high notes, all without drawing too much attention to herself. It’s a setting well suited for McPhee’s strengths, and song for song, this may be her strongest album: she does well by the standards, and the pop songs — including “It’s Not Christmas Without You” and the title track originally sung by Billy Squier — are good adult contemporary numbers. The album is simple and lean, not intent on making McPhee into a chart star, benefiting from a seasonal formula that allows her to simply sing like she did when she was on Idol.

Customer Reviews

Very Cool Jazz/Christmas Album

The opening track is a breath of fresh air. The rest of the album continues that spirit in the classic White Christmas but also in her original recording, It's not christmas without you. Overall the album succeeds in it's purpose, creating a heartwarming christmas album for 2010. The closing track is also quite sweet. (:

The best Christmas album I have ever heard

Katharine's voice is crystal clear and impeccable on this album. She picked the perfect songs for her and they work so well. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is performed exactly the way it should be. Her different take on "O Holy Night" is gorgeous and haunting. Katharine's voice absolutely soars on "Christmas Is the Time" and is my favorite on the CD. Her original song "It's Not Christmas Without You" is amazing and beautifully written, and the music video is also so beautiful. The music box quality of "Who Would Imagine a King" is gorgeous, and "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" is so upbeat and fun. All eleven songs are a pleasure to listen to. It's hard for an album to be perfect but this and Kat's sophomore album, Unbroken, come pretty close.


Born: March 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Though Taylor Hicks' quirky soulfulness made him 2006's American Idol, runner-up Katharine McPhee's classic good looks and voice, and her affinity for traditional pop, made her a strong contender throughout the season. In fact, she was one of the first semi-finalists to make it to the final 12. A native of Sherman Oaks, California, McPhee began singing at age two. Her mother, Patricia McPhee, is an established singer in her own right, performing and recording as Peisha McPhee. She helped Katharine...
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