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Christmas Music Playlists with Christina Aguilera Songs
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Factfile - Christina Aguilera
- Christina Aguilera's 3rd album, My Kind of Christmas, was released in 2000.
- The platinum certified album got to #1 in the Holiday Albums Chart in the US and #28 in the Billboard 200 Chart.
- The sole single from the album, The Christmas Song peaked as #18 in the US and #22 in Canada.
- In 2012 Aguilera recorded Baby, It’s Cold Outside with Cee Lo Green for his Holiday album Cee Lo’s Magic Moment.
Since the dawn of the Christmas album the rules appear to be quite straight-forward when it comes to making one in that you had to have 12 tracks, a mix of secular and religious tunes and preferably a couple of originals. So it was hardly surprising that Christina Aguilera’s 3rd album ‘My Kind of Christmas’ (released in 2000) lived up to its name. For a start there were only 11 tracks (a festive mortal sin), one of which was just a remix of the album’s single ‘The Christmas Song’ and another which fizzled out after just 90 seconds. But in truth Aguilera was not giving the season short shrift because she co-wrote a couple of the splendid originals on the album.
‘My Kind of Christmas’ was redolent of the Aguilera sound, a slick urban R&B vehicle which on this occasion was interspersed by the odd church bell. And this is exactly how ‘Christmas Time’ kicked proceedings with a pulsing beat giving itself a decent chance of dancefloor action over the holidays. When Aguilera turned to old favourites the production is scaled back and as a result ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ sounds like a winning new rendition of a Christmas song that keeps on giving. The same can be said of ‘The Christmas Song’ which is framed by a tinkling piano line and Aguilera’s emotive vocals. The initial ‘Auld Lang Syne’ curveball on her collaboration with Dr. John for ‘Merry Christmas, Baby’ is thankfully quickly dispensed with to reveal a beautifully judged blues number that again highlights how strong a singer Aguilera is. So much so that she doesn’t seem at all phased by taking on a song from the chanteuse to beat all chanteuses Celine Dion. ‘These Are Special Times’ only suffers in its leaden arrangements which seem to have jetted in from the mid-1990’s rather than the early part of the 21st century.
All told ‘My Kind of Christmas’ is a great effort and even the closing danced-up version of ‘The Christmas Song’ has a cherubic air so it is hard to quibble. Quite what the album will sound like in a decade or so is open to question, there is a doubt that is might not age gracefully but then would you expect anything different from Ms. Aguilera? Since ‘My Kind of Christmas’ Christine has been rather quiet on the holidays front but there have been the odd festive moment along the way. In 2012 she joined Cee Lo Green for a rather conventional, and ultimately disappointing for this reason, remake of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’. The song was included on his Christmas album ‘Cee Lo’s Magic Moment’.
Sneaking a kiss under the mistletoe, I want a white Christmas so let it snow, Everybody is home for Christmas, Everybody is home,
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