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Legendary singer/songwriter Carole King’s first studio album in more than 10 years is a gentle, festive collection of holiday tunes; it’s produced by her daughter Louise Goffin, who cowrote three of the original tunes. Those include the bossa nova–based “Christmas Paradise,” the pop-inflected “Christmas in the Air,” and the touching ballad “New Year’s Day.” The piano is front and center, with King leaning toward adult-contemporary lite-FM arrangements that leave plenty of room for her to sing with style. The timeless “My Favorite Things” is straightforward, with a nod toward jazz. “Sleigh Ride” adds a mild funk to the standard. “Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday,” with horns and exquisite guitar, evokes memories of King’s early Brill Building days. “Chanukah Prayer” plays like a nightclub spiritual. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” highlights King’s vocal finesse. “Do You Hear What I Hear” has never sounded warmer or more inviting. King brings her personal touch to even the most obvious holiday fare; she’s still first and foremost a major pop stylist.

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New music from Carole King

Great album! King's take on Christmas classics make them sound new again. The new songs are wonderful--New Years Day is a new standard.

Sad...

Unfortunate that a classic, accomplished artist has to smudge her record with this hacky holiday album. The song choices are poor, the arrangements odd and the vocals are off key and emotionless. Skip and donate the 10 bucks instead.

Love it :)

I've been waiting SOOOO long for Carole to do a Christmas song. I don't care if it's November 1st. I'm listening to Christmas music.

Biography

Born: February 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While the landmark Tapestry album earned her superstar status, singer/songwriter Carole King had already firmly established herself as one of pop music's most gifted and successful composers, with work recorded by everyone from the Beatles to Aretha Franklin. Born Carole Klein on February 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, she began playing piano at the age of four, and formed her first band, the vocal quartet the Co-Sines, while in high school. A devotee of the composing team of Jerry Lieber and Mike...
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