My Kind of Christmasby Christina Aguilera
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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Performance CreditsChristina 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
Galina Golovin Violin
Judy Johnson Cello
Tiffany Ju Violin
Frances Moore Violin
Don Shelton Woodwind
Phillip Teele Trombone
Mario de León Violin
Lily Ho Chen Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Raymond Tischer Viola
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical CreditsAdolphe 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
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
BabyBoy drum programming
Celebrity Voices Choir Contributor
Johnny Moore Composer
Chakdaddy Programming,Vocal Arrangements
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outstanding, she's extraordinary, the superlative to describe her voice, talents, has not been invented
I love how she's moves!!! She's my favorite singer she is the best singer I ever hear!
This album really shows Christina's amazing vocal range!!!
people see her and think hey another singer ,but when i see her i say look a new leader.she is my idle she has the moves the talent and everthing i would want to be.
Christina has done it again! This is definetly the best christmas album ever put out. Christina is the most amazing artist and her voice soars above anyone else out there. This is a must have for this holiday season. Come on everybody let's support Christina's career!!!!! She is #1!!!!!!!
This CD isn't very good. I expected that Christina would have done a much better job than this. Oh Holy Night is good and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and The Christmas Song are pretty good ones but the rest are horrible.This CD is very Dissapointing!
Christina is a great singer with a Britney spears voice. I like the style of her clothes. She looks dazzling for winter.
With the sexy thrills in ''This Year'' and the vocal chills in ''Merry Christmas,Baby'' Ms.Aguilera proves shes not just some teen singer.On the track ''Oh Holy Night'' Aguilera proves she can butt heads with Mariah and have a wrestling match with Whitney.''My Kind Of Christmas'' most defintley gives Christina a spot in the future and its a title that you should definitley pick up for Christmas and just to hear a natural at heart.
Christina belts out the Christmas songs with such feeling. She really gets into the songs. She is amazing!
Oh My Gosh, I must say that Christina Aguilera had really done it this time! Her new CD is absolutely addicting! It gets me pumped for Christmas.. She has really outdone all the other Christmas albums I've heard. Her inspiring voice is really a boost for her. I really admire her!
What a BEAUTIFUL CD. I LOVE it. The Christmas Song is indeed my favorite. It features a Holiday Remix of the same song as released on the single she released last year ''The Christmas Song'' CHRISTINA FANS...BUY IT! A must have!
Although many people think she is a wannabe of Britney Spears and all of those DIARIES, and Making the Videos (MTV) were scripted and pre-recorded music, but if she DOES do all that (which she doesn't) then why would she have been on ''The Mickey Mouse Club'' and ''Star Search'' when she was younger?!?! So in conclusion, this is what I have to say to all those people who think all of this NONSENSE-Oh,POO!
This is a great album, with lots of new and traditional christmas songs with real sound and the strong voice we all know so well. So go get it,and it will make your christmas rock!!
THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL XMAS' CD THAT I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!!!!!!!!!!! I'M NOT JOKING!!!!!!! THIS IS AMAZING. I THINK THAT ''OH HOLY NIGHT'' IS BETTER THAN THE ORIGINAL
i think that Christina Aguleria is the best. Not only does she have a voice, but she got a body too. Now common peoples...how about that?
Christina shows us why she got that Best New Artist Grammy. Her voice has matured a lot since her debut album, and she shows it off in songs like ''Angels We Have Heard On High''. This is definately a must have. Listen to her lead a gospel choir with incredible confidence not usually seen in a teenager!
I got to admit I've heard and bought a lot of Christmas music over the years and, just when I thought I've heard everything; along comes the talented Christina Aguilera with a CD that made me stop and listen. . . again and again. What can I say, I've been in love with her voice every since ''Genie In A Bottle''.The same funky and soulful edge that she delivered in her first release is laced everso graceful within the tracks of this CD. No matter how many variations you've heard on the standards; this package offers fresh spin on the classics. For example: ''Merry Christmas, Baby''. Christina's version will surely delight the ears of both those who remember the 'Charles Brown' original as well as those who will hear it for the first time. This will definitely be the seasons best Christmas buy. Music lovers, I have three words for you: GO GET IT !!! You won't regret it.
This is a great CD. What is wrong with these few negative people who are dissing this Album. It's very good. Christina's voice is so powerful and this CD is full of Christmas cheer. ''O' Holy Night'' is beautiful, in addition to, ''Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'', and ''The Christmas Song''. ''Merry Christmas Baby'' is composed of sexy blues which is unique and her voice is awesome. This CD is not boring it's peppy and makes you want to dance and at the same time the music still reveals the beauty and joy of Christmas music. Furthermore, I am in my 30's and find Christina to be very talented. Please ignore any of those negative reviews. If you have an appreciation and respect for music you will enjoy this CD. Keep up the good work Christina. This CD is a nice rendition of Christmas cheer.
I loved this CD!!!!!! All of the songs are great! I love Christina's voice!
I got the bootleg copy of this album and it iz the bizomb. You rock Christina! GIRL POWER!!!!!!
This album is a great gift from Christina. It's a supurb rendition of modern pop Christmas. Christina has an amazing voice and remarkable vocal range. This Christmas album makes you want to get up and dance. And although this is a compilation of modern pop Christmas the music and her voice still provides the joy and beauty of early Christmas music. Great job Christina.
I really liked this cd but I have to admit that i was exspecting just a little bit more than what was on this album. It is a great album non the least everyone should at least own the cassette tape.
OK. So we all know how good of a singer Cristina is. But really, she needs to stop showing off her voice because it is very annoying to the ordinary listener. I mean, really you couldn't understand half the words she was saying she was so all over the place in the vocal range. 3 stars for 3 good songs
Christina has a lot of talent, she is one of the best female singers in the world. She knows what she wants and she goes for it . That is one of the things itruly admire in her. I wish I could meet her in person.