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|Lee Ann Womack|
The Season for Romance
Genres: Country, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
The holidays are apparently for lovers, and Lee Ann Womack presents a few new originals here, including the opening title track, to place things in the proper perspective. There's also a cover of "The Man with the Bag" tha... more »
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The holidays are apparently for lovers, and Lee Ann Womack presents a few new originals here, including the opening title track, to place things in the proper perspective. There's also a cover of "The Man with the Bag" that's previously only been featured on Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas. Nevertheless, it's on the traditional songs--including never-can-go-wrong usual suspects like "White Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "The Christmas Song"--that Womack's evocative vocals come across most memorably. A "big band" album in the vein of holiday offerings from some of the greatest crooners of the '60s, this moves the 2002 Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year even further away from her country roots than her more recent pop-oriented discs did. Accordingly, Harry Connick Jr. shows up to duet with the singer on a version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" that seems destined to become a holiday staple, even if it's a bit corny. --Bill Holdship
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K. Stuckey | Port Huron, MI USA | 11/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lee Ann Womack definitely takes the high road for this collection of Christmas standards, with a couple of new songs (title cut and "Forever Christmas Eve"). The CD is a bit more jazzy than country (perhaps an homage to one of her influences Etta James), with its BIG horns throughout "The Man With the Bag" and "Let it Snow/Winter Wonderland".
The duet with Harry Connick Jr. on "Baby It's Cold Outside" is destined to become a classic - they contrast perfectly and Lee Ann is as sassy as she was for "I'll Think of a Reason Later". The title song is about the unexpected, but wonderful yuletide bliss that will "get you if you give it half a chance". In my opinion, Lee Ann's version of "Silent Night" is the best since Stevie Nicks' in the 80s. Then the CD closes with the highlight - "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" - a transport right from the 40s.
Lee Ann Womack is one of the best voices ever and her holiday CD is nothing less than spectacular."
Excellent easy-listening Christmas music
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 11/17/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 2002, five major country artists released Christmas albums - an unusually high number - but they are all enjoyable and different in their own ways. For example, Patty Loveless' album is much more upbeat, and much more traditional-sounding. Lee Ann has chosen to go for a more relaxed, easy listening style which has little to do with country music. This will not please any country fans who were disappointed by Lee Ann's other 2002 album, Something worth leaving behind. For the rest of us, who enjoy that album, this is another masterpiece.As with Patty's album, this includes many Christmas standards, but only Silent night appears on both. On this album, there are just two new songs, including the title track which sets the mood of the album. Rather like Carly Simon's Christmas album (another great 2002 release that I've also reviewed), this may be best appreciated in the quieter moments of Christmas, though it would be great at any time.Lee Ann chose to include the rarely-recorded first verse of White Christmas (setting the scene in Beverlry Hills and ending with the line - It's December the 24th and I am longing to be up north) - Irving Berlin would be proud of her, and so am I. Lee Ann is one of my favorite singers, whatever style she sings, having proved her ability to sing coountry, pop and easy-listening with equal brilliance.This is an excellent Christmas album which is likely to appeal more to Carly Simon fans than Patty Loveless fans, but I feel privileged to be a fan of all three."