My Kind of Christmas

My Kind of Christmas

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by Christina Aguilera
     
 

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After releasing two albums in 14 months and nabbing the 1999 Grammy for Best New Artist, the reigning teen queen now brings us something to cherish over the holidays, My Kind of Christmas. Released on the heels of her Spanish-language album (Mi Reflejo) and her star-making 1999 self-titled debut<See more details below

Overview

After releasing two albums in 14 months and nabbing the 1999 Grammy for Best New Artist, the reigning teen queen now brings us something to cherish over the holidays, My Kind of Christmas. Released on the heels of her Spanish-language album (Mi Reflejo) and her star-making 1999 self-titled debut, My Kind of Christmas is more proof that this boisterous genie is not about to stay in her bottle. The album features three new tracks (not bad for a Christmas album): the fa-la-la-fueled dance number "Christmastime," the achy love ballad "This Year" ("This year I'm gonna take you home/This year I don't wanna be alone"), and the Diane Warren-penned "These Are Special Times," which covers that pesky goodwill-toward-man aspect of the holiday. Aguilera's kind of Christmas apparently also includes crazy, old bluesmen, as Dr. John shows up on "Merry Christmas, Baby." She more than holds her own with the gravelly voiced voodoo rocker, showing that she can get down and dirtier than the next gal (hear that, Britney?). Other highlights include "Oh Holy Night," which metamorphosizes from an icy church hymn into an emotive gospel sing-along, and a solid reading of tragic soul man Donny Hathway's hopeful "This Christmas." The best news is that the absence of "Feliz Navidad" leaves room for a Christina Aguilera Spanish-language Christmas album!

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The second punch in a double whammy of stopgap releases in the fourth quarter of 2000, My Kind of Christmas appeared on the shelves two months after Mi Reflejo, Christina's Latin reworking of her debut album. My Kind of Christmas actually has more new material than Mi Reflejo, and Aguilera responds in kind, turning in passionate performances throughout the 11-song album. She can teeter on the edge of being too passionate, belting out when she should lay back, but the power of her voice, no matter how diva-esque she may be, remains remarkable; she needs to learn restraint, but she's clearly a better singer than her peers. Of course, My Kind of Christmas remains a holiday album, filled with covers of standards (from "Oh Holy Night" to "The Christmas Song" to "Merry Christmas, Baby") and a handful of obligatory new songs. None of the new songs are knockouts, but "Christmas Time" and "This Year" are pretty solid pieces of dance-pop, even if the marvelously titled "Xtina's Xmas" (easily the best name of any new holiday song of 2000) is a 90-second collage trifle that doesn't live up to its promise. But, hey -- filler is part of a holiday record, and there's actually not too much of it here. Instead, it's pretty tight, entertaining seasonal dance-pop. It may not add too much to Christina's catalog, but it does suggest that she may not be a mere one-album wonder.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2004
Label:
Bmg Special Product
UPC:
0755174847820
catalogNumber:
148478
Rank:
74123

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christina Aguilera   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ray Kelley   Cello
Dr. John   Piano
Billy Preston   Organ,Piano
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone
Peter Erskine   Drums
Gary Foster   Woodwind
Alex Alessandroni   Keyboards
Chuck Berghofer   Bass
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone,Woodwind
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Joel Derouin   Violin
Assa Drori   Violin,Concert Master
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Ron Fair   Strings,Conductor
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Steve Forman   Percussion
Armen Garabedian   Violin
John Goux   Guitar
Endre Granat   Violin
Dan Higgins   Saxophone,Woodwind
Marni Johnson   French Horn
Anne Karam   Cello
Roland Kato   Viola
Joe Ketendjian   Violin
Kathleen Lenski   Violin
Sal Lozano   Saxophone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Earl Madison   Cello
Andy Martin   Trombone
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Carole Mukogawa   Viola
Jack Nimitz   Woodwind
Katia Popov   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Tom Ranier   Piano
Robin Ross   Viola
Bob Sanov   Violin
Sheridon Stokes   Woodwind
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Mike Watts   Celeste
Scott Haupert   Viola
Ashley Ingram   Guitar
Renita Koven   Viola
Susan Ranney   Contrabass (Vocal)
Eric Dawkins   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Jerry Folsom   French Horn
Johana Krejci   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Norman Ludwin   Contrabass (Vocal)
Alan Mautner   Violin
Miari   Background Vocals
Myron McKinley   Organ
Agnes Gottschewski   Violin
Mimi Granat   Viola
Gary Kuo   Violin
Oscar Hidalgo   Contrabass (Vocal)
Kim Johnson   Background Vocals
BabyBoy   Keyboards
Galina Golovin   Violin
Judy Johnson   Cello
Tiffany Ju   Violin
Frances Moore   Violin
Don Shelton   Woodwind
Matrix   Bass,Keyboards
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Mario de León   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Raymond Tischer   Viola
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Mass Choir   Contributor
Alex Alessandroni   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger,Orchestration
Ron Fair   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Hugh Martin   Composer
Sammy Nestico   Horn Arrangements,Horn Conductor
Eddy Schreyer   Mastering
Robert Wells   Composer
Brad Haehnel   Engineer
Eric Dawkins   Director,Vocal Arrangements
Ray Cham   Composer
Michael C. Ross   Engineer,Vocal Recording
Ralph Blane   Composer
Sol Survivor   Programming,Engineer,drum programming
Brett Kilroe   Art Direction
Lou Baxter   Composer
Chaka Blackmon   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
Kim Johnson   Director
Tal Herzberg   Digital Editing
BabyBoy   drum programming
Celebrity Voices Choir   Contributor
Johnny Moore   Composer
Matrix   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Chakdaddy   Programming,Vocal Arrangements

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