Music Review: A Jann Arden Christmas

Every year, various artists release their versions of Christmas music. Most of the time, the artists have changed the sound of these holiday classics– either to establish their sound as musicians (i.e. Shane & Shane’s 2008 album “Glory In The Highest“), or to fit in with the popular styles of music (for example, Idina Menzel’s mediocre rendition of “All I Want For Christmas is You” last year).

While every Christmas album is unique, sometimes we think, what would it be like if one of our favorite singers did a Christmas album full of classic songs? And what if that singer also had a great voice? In recent years, artists such as Michael Buble (2011’s Christmas) and Kelly Clarkson (2013’s Wrapped In Red) have proven their versatility; recording classics such as “White Christmas,” or “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” in the style they were written, while still adding unique spins to these tracks. Despite this, not very many artists can pull it off, recording traditional Christmas songs in this way. Jann Arden is the exception.

As I’m gravitating more towards the classic style of Christmas music every year, it’s no surprise that the Canadian songstress’ new release, A Jann Arden Christmas, made it onto my list of favorite music releases this season. Rather than changing her sound to fit in with today’s popular music, Jann has taken approximately 19 Christmas classics and recorded them as they might have sounded when they were first written.

Every song on the album seems to use imagery to get the point across. For example, “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” reminds me of my favorite traditions– from decorating the Christmas tree with my family, to watching the stop-motion animated holiday specials as a little kid. Another highlight of the album, “Silver Bells,” makes me visualize the city of Edmonton decorated with all its Christmas lights.

One thing I love about Jann Arden is that she doesn’t write and record music to be heard on all the Top 40 radio stations across the country; she does it for her fans. And although it may not be the most popular music style this year, her Christmas record will forever remain a classic.

5/5 stars.

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STUDIO ALBUM BY: Jann Arden
Release Date: October 30th 2015
Recorded: 2015
Genre: Pop
Produced by: Bob Rock
Record label: Universal Music Canada

 

 

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