Rod Stewart’s very first holiday CD, “Merry Christmas, Baby” definitely doesn’t disappoint!
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. The crisp winter air is filled with the sweet scents of holiday cookies, candies, cakes and the heartwarming sounds of the holidays. Speaking of sounds, I was recently contacted by Verve to review Rod Stewart’s brand new holiday CD, “Merry Christmas, Baby.”
I’ve been a long time fan of Rod Stewart. I can remember dancing around to his music when I was little, watching his videos on MTV and singing along. I always like Rod’s music, but my favorites are Forever Young, Have I Told You Lately, Having a Party, and my very favorite, Maggie May. But you know what? I have some new favorites to add to that list now!
“Merry Christmas, Baby” includes several classics and some new favorites as well!
Along with the unmistakeable voice of Rod Stewart, I really enjoyed the song choices. “Merry Christmas, Baby” provides some classic holiday songs indeed, but many have been cleverly transformed into more modern versions that you’ll want to play again and again. I certainly did and will continue to do so throughout the season.
Featured guests include Michael Buble, Mary J. Blige, Cee-Lo Green and a very special ‘virtual’ duet with Ella Fitzgerald.
If you’re looking for instant gratification in your Christmas music this season, then be sure to play tracks 5 and 11 because they will blow your mind! They were definitely my two favorite tracks on the entire CD, although I certainly can’t complain about the rest of it.
Track 5 is a fabulous duet with Cee Lo Green on the upbeat song, Merry Christmas, Baby. After listening to it, I can definitely understand why this song was also chosen for the title of the CD. It’s fun, upbeat and completely fabulous because it plays on the vocal strengths of both artists and neither disappoints!
Another of my new favorites, We Three Kings (track 11), was turned into a very powerful duet with the extremely talented vocalist, Mary J. Blige. When I heard this song for the first time, I was literally awestruck. The combination of these two beautiful voices was the perfect blend. I had to play it again immediately after the first listen just to hear the sweet sound that these two artists created. It’s a truly magical track that you can feel throughout your entire body.
The other tracks on “Merry Christmas, Baby” are all heartwarming renditions of classic favorites that we’ve all grown up hearing each and every holiday season – but with that Rod Stewart style that we’ve all come to know and love. I absolutely loved hearing him sing Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. One thing is for sure, Rod definitely still delivers the hits!
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Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby debuts on THIRTEEN’S “GREAT PERFORMANCES” this December on PBS! Visit Great Performances Online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information about this and other programs.