The Season for Romance

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On a set of mostly seasonal standards, Lee Ann Womack goes deeper into the fully orchestrated pop of her recent albums, further distancing herself from the country chanteuse she once was. In keeping with its title, the beautiful The Season for Romance is replete with lush string arrangements and dreamy orchestral arrangements worthy of Nelson Riddle or Gordon Jenkins. Womack's version of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" is a marvel of reinvention, as its layered strings and evocative woodwinds buttress her torchy reading. A small combo with strings cooks up a cozy, easygoing shuffle for her blues-inflected take on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," but a medley ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
On a set of mostly seasonal standards, Lee Ann Womack goes deeper into the fully orchestrated pop of her recent albums, further distancing herself from the country chanteuse she once was. In keeping with its title, the beautiful The Season for Romance is replete with lush string arrangements and dreamy orchestral arrangements worthy of Nelson Riddle or Gordon Jenkins. Womack's version of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" is a marvel of reinvention, as its layered strings and evocative woodwinds buttress her torchy reading. A small combo with strings cooks up a cozy, easygoing shuffle for her blues-inflected take on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," but a medley of "Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland" gets a big, brassy, Billy May–style arrangement as Womack swings the lyric gracefully while investing it with a chipper attitude. Harry Connick Jr. joins the festivities on a sensuous, swirling version of "Baby It's Cold Outside," on which the artists' frisky repartee is anything but cold -- there's heat here, low key and warm, well worthy of a return engagement somewhere down the line. Rich and mellifluous, the pop-blues of "Forever Christmas Eve" offers a dollop of wishful thinking about time standing still at a moment of perfect bliss. And in the season for romance, what better way to sign off than with a big-hearted, classic pop treatment of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," Frank Loesser's philosophical exhortation to go for it when the pheromones kick in. Short and sweet, The Season for Romance gets its message across in memorable fashion.
All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Cardinal rule number one for introducing new holiday songs amidst a sea of newly arranged classics: Make them compelling! No doubt she hopes that listeners will slow dance to the title track of her first holiday offering, but, despite its sweet sentiment, it's one of the handful of bland tracks amidst many that are far more interesting. The most unique choice Lee Ann Womack makes is moving away from her comfy country roots and doing a traditional jazz/big band-flavored party for the season at hand. Her wry duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Harry Connick, Jr. is fully of sultry cool and sassy personality -- qualities the disc's other ballads could use more of. The medley of "Let It Snow/Winter Wonderland" is rendered in a classic '50s crooner fashion, with rising splashes of horn section complementing her lush vocals. That same tenderness serves her well on a sparse, folksy arrangement of "Silent Night," a mood she balances with sassy swingers like "The Man With the Bag." Even if there's some unevenness here, the disc in general lives up to its title concept.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • UPC: 008817028927
  • Catalog Number: 170289
  • Sales rank: 92,777

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Ann Womack Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb Horn, Saxophone
Rob Mounsey Piano, Conductor
Marilyn Baker Performing Ensemble
Elizabeth Wilson Performing Ensemble
John Acosta Performing Ensemble
Rick Baptist Horn
Mari Tsumura Performing Ensemble
Dennis Budimir Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Darius Campo Performing Ensemble
Jon Clarke Performing Ensemble
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Larry Corbett Performing Ensemble
Joel Derouin Performing Ensemble
Yvette Devereaux Performing Ensemble
Chuck Domanico Upright Bass
Assa Drori Performing Ensemble
Ernest Ehrhardt Performing Ensemble
Charles Everett Performing Ensemble
Robert Findley Horn
Armen Garabedian Performing Ensemble
Berj Garabedian Performing Ensemble
Pamela Goldsmith Performing Ensemble
George Graham Horn
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Patricia Johnson Performing Ensemble
Marabeth Jordan Background Vocals
Peter Kent Performing Ensemble
Valarie King Performing Ensemble
Charles Loper Horn
Joe Meyer Performing Ensemble
John Mitchell J. Horn
Dennis Molchan Performing Ensemble
Jorge Moraga Performing Ensemble
Linda Rose Performing Ensemble
James Ross Performing Ensemble
Harry Shirinian Performing Ensemble
Sheridon Stokes Performing Ensemble
Arturo Velasco Horn
Brad Warnaar Performing Ensemble
Bergen White Background Vocals
Evan Wilson Performing Ensemble
Shari Zippert Performing Ensemble
Gayle Levant Performing Ensemble
Leslie Woodbury Performing Ensemble
Brice Martin Performing Ensemble
Fred Selden Horn
Tom Boyd Performing Ensemble
Suzie Katayama Performing Ensemble
Lisa Cochran Background Vocals
Wayne Bergeron Horn
Denyse Buffman Performing Ensemble
Norman Ludwin Performing Ensemble
Jennifer Munday Performing Ensemble
George Bohanon Horn
Christopher Hanulik Performing Ensemble
Steven Edelman Performing Ensemble
Donald Waldrop Horn
Raymond Tischer Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Rob Mounsey String Arrangements
Mel Tormé Composer
Greg Droman Engineer
Hugh Martin Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Robert Wells Composer
Mark Wright Producer
Buddy Jackson Art Direction
Katie Gillon Art Direction
Ralph Blane Composer
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Favourite Christmas CD

    I bought this CD years ago, not even knowing who Womack was or what music genre she was associated with, so I had no expectations whatsoever. It is truly a rare occasion to happen upon a CD as fantastic as this. It has become my favourite Christmas music CD ever since. The collection of songs is superb and Womack does them great justice with a voice that is beautiful and, at times, seductive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD is for everyone, not just Country music fans!!!

    What a wonderful Christmas CD. Lee Ann has an execellent voice. This CD does not have one single twang of country music in it. I love country music, but it was a very pleasent surprise to find out that this CD has a Frank Sinatra swing sound to it. This CD is sure to become a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL LEEANN

    SHE IS SO VERY GOOD, SHE HAS A GREAT VOICE, I COULD LISTEN TO HER 24/7

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