13 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As with all Christmas albums, the joy is in hearing old favorites sung by a beloved voice, but this isn’t simply an exercise in sentimental nostalgia. There’s a reverent “We Three Kings” in which Stewart and Mary J. Blige recapture the awe and devotion of the star-led travelers, a slinky country take on “Blue Christmas,” and a beatific “Silent Night” that first brings in a children’s choir, then the rest of the family to send it home harmoniously. As an extra-special gift, there’s “Red-Suited Super Man,” a Stewart original in which he swings like his hero Sam Cooke.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

As with all Christmas albums, the joy is in hearing old favorites sung by a beloved voice, but this isn’t simply an exercise in sentimental nostalgia. There’s a reverent “We Three Kings” in which Stewart and Mary J. Blige recapture the awe and devotion of the star-led travelers, a slinky country take on “Blue Christmas,” and a beatific “Silent Night” that first brings in a children’s choir, then the rest of the family to send it home harmoniously. As an extra-special gift, there’s “Red-Suited Super Man,” a Stewart original in which he swings like his hero Sam Cooke.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
468 Ratings
468 Ratings
Ms. PS ,

Merry Christmas, Baby

Excelllent!! Rod Stewart never disappoints; his voice gets better with age. Silent Night is absolutely beautiful.

Donzzo ,

Rod Stewart. Merry Christmas Baby

When Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton teamed up for "Baby, It's Cold Outside" years ago, I started to wonder when Rod would do a full-on Christmas Album. Well, here it is and although I had to wait for anything, this one was worth it. Rod's come a long way from the tire-slashing vocals of "Street Fighting Man" and those American Songbook albums certainly helped his delivery on standards. All of the classic Christmas sons are presented here. A very tight, nice, plaintive version of "Have Yourself A Merry LIttle Christmas" kicks off the album. His version of "Winter Wonderland" (teamed up with Michael Buble' who had last year's best selling Christmas LP) is classic perfection. There are some great pairings-"Let It Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow" with saxophonist Dave Koz gets it going in the right direction; "Merry Christmas, Baby" with Cee Lo Green and Trombone Shorty is high energy fun and good enough for two albums (Cee Lo Green has the same song on his new Christmas Album..with Rod and Trombone Shorty); Ella Fitzgerald is brought into the mix with Rod and new wave trumpet player Chris Botti with "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve", in another retro classic of digital magic. Mary J. Blige delivers some street cred with "We Three Kings". A nice, unexpected--and totally appropriate--song added to the playlist is the classic "When You Wish Upon A Star", once famous as the theme song for one of Walt Disney's TV shows. At this stage in his very productive career, Rod is consummately professional and very astute when it comes to things like orchestration and song selection. If you're looking for a new, great, Christmas album that covers all the bases and still has the ability to surprise, this should be your first choice.

mine ho ,

5 Stars!

Rod comes through again with this awesome Christmas album!

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