Five Must-Listen Christmas Albums

It’s no secret that I absolutely love Christmas music. I’ve been a little ambivalent towards listening to it this year, because 2016 has left me feeling less holly and jolly than usual. However, being that tomorrow’s Christmas Eve, I thought it would be fitting to share five must-listen Christmas albums that also happen to be some of my favorites.  Continue reading Five Must-Listen Christmas Albums

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MUSIC VIDEO: Haley Reinhart & Casey Abrams – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

I guess it’s time to embrace the Christmas spirit here at Wait…WHAT?…and what better way to do so than with a brand new music video from two American Idol season 10 favorites, Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams!  The pair teamed up for a duet of the holiday classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Check out their cute as a button music video below!

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Kris Allen Performs at Star 101.3’s Jingle Ball

I attended Star 101.3’s Jingle Ball this past Friday night at the Masonic Center in San Francisco.

Kris Allen (along with his bandmates Cale Mills and Chris Torres) performed an acoustic set for the crowd. In my honest and completely biased 0pinion, Kris has never sounded better.

His set that night included a couple holiday tunes that I brought back to share with the class!

Enjoy!

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

“The Christmas Song/We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

 

‘Glee’ Music Preview >> “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” & “Merry Christmas Darling”

Two clips from the Christmas episode of Glee have been released. Check them out below!

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — Darren Criss & Chris Colfer

“Merry Christmas Darling” — Lea Michele

Music Review >> Glee Cast – ‘Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album’

I love Christmas music. I love Glee. The combination of the two results in an album filled with a great mix of classic and contemporary Christmas songs.

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album goes above and beyond any possible expectations I had before I took my first listen. “Deck The Rooftop,” which is a mash-up of “Deck The Halls” and “Up On The Rooftop,” was completely unexpected. Glee definitely manged to put their twist on two popular holiday songs, and made it into an extremely catchy sing-a-long.

One of the tracks that is already getting a lot of buzz is “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which is sung by Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Darren Criss (Blaine). It’s a very sweet duet between the two, and their vocals are superb.

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” sung by the Glee ladies, is one of my favorites. The harmonizing is on point, and they seem to be reining in the glory notes a bit, which gives the song a sense of vulnerability, and allows the lyrics to stand in the spotlight.

I really liked Glee’s interpretation on “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” The song features Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester) and K.D. Lang. I still watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas every year, so I really appreciated this song being on the album. Morrison and Lang really capture its spirit.

I have to make mention of Amber Riley (Mercedes), who sings “Angels We Have Heard On High.” On this song, she has a voice to be reckoned with. The arrangement for me left something to be desired, but Riley’s voice makes the song a success.

I have to say that the group harmonizing on this album is fantastic. The Glee cast really have never sounded better. There’s something about Christmas music that really brings the best out of singers.

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album really exceeded my expectations. The album has a great combined energy of Glee and Christmas spirit.

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album is available now. The Glee Christmas special airs December 7 on FOX at 8 p.m.

Originally posted on BlogCritics.