With Christmas fast approaching, here are a couple of newly released holiday albums to help get you in the mood. Cee Lo Green released his first Christmas album back in October, but now is the time to get a hold of a copy to get those spirits bright. Cee Lo invites a bunch of friends along to share in the experience, but he becomes the main focus of every song.
His upbeat, fun vocals on the opener, “What Christmas Means To Me” is the perfect introduction to his jolly disposition, while his smooth vocals in “Baby It’s Cold Outside” entices Christina Aguilera to join him in this duet. He gives a little R&B flavor to “This Christmas,” but continues to have fun with the songs, “White Christmas” and with his guests, The Muppets in “All I Need Is Love”. He gives a soulful performance of “All I Want For Christmas” and “Mary, Did You Know?,” before inviting Rod Stewart and Trombone Shorty to help him with the bluesy “Merry Christmas, Baby.” The album closes with a heartfelt, vocal rendition of “Silent Night.”
Cee Lo has made a number of holiday appearances this season including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Plus, he is just wrapping up season 3 of “The Voice” before heading off to Las Vegas in February 2013. For more information on Cee Lo Green and his new Christmas album, “Cee Lo’s Magic Moment” please visit ceelogreen.com.
Next, what would Christmas be without music from the hit Fox show “Glee.” This year we get “The Christmas Album: Volume 3,” which features songs from the December 13 holiday episode, plus four songs that were not in the episode.
The album begins with the uplifting songs “Jingle Bell Rock” and “White Christmas.” Their voices come together perfectly in “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “The First Noel.” The songs stick close to their original versions without straying too far away. The album also includes one Hanukkah song , “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah, “ before closing with an amazing version of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).”
This release is a great soundtrack to the holiday episode and proudly keeps up the tradition of wonderful holiday albums from the cast of Glee. For more information on this album, please visit “Glee” on facebook (facebook.com/glee).