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A Modern Classic Christmas Record
August 12, 2018
Christmas by Michael Buble is what I would certainly consider a modern classic Christmas recording, in both sound and feel of the collection overall and the massive commercial success that this holiday sales juggernaut has consistently pulled in annually since the album's 2011 release. My favourite songs are "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", "All I Want For Christmas is You" (an emotional cover of Mariah Carey's 1990's modern Christmas classic single of the same name), "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Silent Night", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", and "Ave Maria". These are standout tunes to me, but the album also sounds great/plays well when it is left on in the background during Holiday events and played in its entirety, because it does still have that balance.
I will note that Michael Buble recorded a Christmas EP released sometime before 2007, featuring "Let It Snow!" and "My Grown-Up Christmas List" among others, and I always loved that little collection and while it has been great to see Buble have the mega-hit that Christmas has become, I am always a bit disappointed and confused that the vast majority of those people likely never got to hear "Grown-Up Christmas List", because that song is about as close to testing if someone has a soul. Very lyrical, poignant, and the most flawless vocal execution of his career in terms of emoting the style and substance of the lyrics, it is a must-listen for fans and I can only assume it is a recording that has opened many doors for his subsequent touring success. A modern Canadian heartthrob, but the Adult Contemporary crooner version with a global hit album.