Christmas, With Love

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Deliberately designed as an homage to perhaps the greatest pop Christmas album ever, the 1963 classic A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, Leona Lewis' 2013 seasonal album Christmas, with Love is by any measure a welcome surprise. Warmer and shorter than any of her previous albums, Christmas, with Love emphasizes Leona the singer, not the Leona the diva, and while this is certainly overblown -- anything patterned after Spector isn't striving for intimacy -- she gets a greater chance to sing here than she did on her third album, Glassheart, which is reason enough to enjoy the album, but better still is that the Spector salute largely works. Occasionally, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Deliberately designed as an homage to perhaps the greatest pop Christmas album ever, the 1963 classic A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, Leona Lewis' 2013 seasonal album Christmas, with Love is by any measure a welcome surprise. Warmer and shorter than any of her previous albums, Christmas, with Love emphasizes Leona the singer, not the Leona the diva, and while this is certainly overblown -- anything patterned after Spector isn't striving for intimacy -- she gets a greater chance to sing here than she did on her third album, Glassheart, which is reason enough to enjoy the album, but better still is that the Spector salute largely works. Occasionally, the newly written songs are a little sleepy, but it's only when she ventures into a stately carol, as she does on "Your Hallelujah." This is the exception on an album that's buoyant and bright, filled with clattering good cheer, sleigh bells, choirs, and saxophones. Lewis covers three songs from A Christmas Gift (the ubiquitous "Christmas [Baby Please Come Home]," "Winter Wonderland," and "Silent Night"); pays tribute to Roy Wood's joyous Spector homage "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"; and then co-writes two of her own, "One More Sleep" and "Mr. Right," new seasonal selections that could turn out to be perennials. Christmas, with Love is that rare thing: a tribute that is faithful to its inspiration while working on its own terms. It's one of the best modern Christmas albums in memory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2013
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 888837936927
  • Catalog Number: 379369
  • Sales rank: 30,348

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leona Lewis Primary Artist
Tony Lewis Celli
Mark Berrow Violin
Nick Holland Viola, Celli
Martin Loveday Celli
Peter Lale Viola
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Bruce White Viola
David Daniels [cello] Celli
Rolf Wilson Violin, Leader
Ash Howes Keyboards
Julian Leaper Violin
Rachel Bolt Viola
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Warren Zielinski Violin
Richard George Violin
Seton Daunt Bass, Guitar
Graeme Flowers Trumpet
Reiad Chibah Viola
Cliff Masterson Piano, Choir Conductor
Barnaby Dickinson Trombone
Laura Melhuish Violin
Jonathan Hill Violin
Simon Baggs Violin
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Timothy Grant Viola
Kerenza Peacock Violin
James Knight Saxophone
Christopher Tombling Violin
Nerys Richards Viola, Celli
Gabrielle Lester Violin
Richard "Biff" Stannard Keyboards
Jez Ashurst Keyboards
Marianne Haynes Violin
Zalika King Background Vocals
Tom Piggott-Smith Violin, Leader
Katie Holmes Background Vocals
Adetoun Anibi Background Vocals
Kelli-Leigh Henry-Davila Background Vocals
Bianca Claxton Background Vocals
Freddy Sheed Drums
Knight Time Horns Brass
Diva Singers Choir, Chorus
Allen Whalley Bass
Peter Hason Violin
Greg Walmsley Viola, Celli
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Ellie Greenwich Composer
Walter Scott Composer
Lauren Christy Composer
Roy Wood Composer
Phil Spector Composer
Jeff Barry Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Matt Kemp Vocal Engineer
Dick Smith Composer
Jon Levine Composer
Ash Howes Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Producer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Bradford Ellis Composer
Traditional Composer
Cliff Masterson String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement, String Conductor
Mark Santangelo Mastering
Leona Lewis Composer, Vocal Producer
Autumn Rowe Composer
Iain James Composer
Franz Anton Schubert Composer
Richard "Biff" Stannard Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Producer
Jez Ashurst Composer, Programming
Roz Colls String Contractor
Camille Purcell Composer
Franz Xaver Gruber Composer
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