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What a Wonderful World
     

What a Wonderful World

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by LeAnn Rimes
 

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In a stimulating holiday outing, LeAnn Rimes comes down firmly on the side of classic, string-laden pop as a conceit, and contemporary R&B vocalizing as a style. It's a bit jarring to hear her trying to sound like, say, Toni Braxton, but Rimes has her moments nonetheless. A sprightly big-band version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"

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In a stimulating holiday outing, LeAnn Rimes comes down firmly on the side of classic, string-laden pop as a conceit, and contemporary R&B vocalizing as a style. It's a bit jarring to hear her trying to sound like, say, Toni Braxton, but Rimes has her moments nonetheless. A sprightly big-band version of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" evokes the Brenda Lee classic, but the robust, and very active, horn section -- from which a big, honking sax steps out for a swinging solo -- gives it a new feel. On the thoughtful end of the scale, "White Christmas" blends a small combo (guitar, piano, brush drums) with a subtly employed string section in a dreamy arrangement that Rimes cuddles up to with a wistful, vibrato-rich vocal. Amid the classics here, though, are three original songs. "A Different Kind of Christmas," featuring Sheila E. on percussion and Leland Sklar on bass, is a muted celebration of a Yuletide that has been forever altered by social and political turmoil (without ever mentioning any specific event); the lyric "It's a different kind of Christmas / In a different kind of world," serves as a most apt post-9/11 sentiment, and the heaviness in Rimes's voice emphasizes the point. "Just Love Me," on the other hand, is a slinky, country blues–tinged come-on, with dobro and harmonica establishing a funky ambiance and Rimes growling seductively about the good lovin' she wants gift-wrapped especially for her. The third original, the winsome ballad "Miss You Like Christmas," rides on a cushion of romantic strings and piano accompaniment, with Rimes using both throaty, bluesy entreaties and aching falsetto cries to bring home the poignancy of a woman alone and lonely while others celebrate around her. What a wonderful world? That's ironic, quoth LeAnn.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2004
Label:
Curb Special Markets
UPC:
0715187877924
catalogNumber:
78779

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

LeAnn Rimes   Primary Artist,Vocals
Robbie Nevil   Guitar
John Chiodini   Electric Guitar
Michael Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Robert Becker   Viola
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Chris Bruce   Acoustic Guitar
Darius Campo   Violin
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Joel Derouin   Violin,Concert Master
Bernie Dresel   Drums
Sheila E.   Percussion,Drums
Sheila Escovedo   Percussion,Drums
Charles Everett   Violin
Reggie Hamilton   Upright Bass
John Hatton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ray Hermann   Alto Saxophone
Ray Herrmann   Alto Saxophone
Peter Kent   Violin
Robert Lewis   Choir, Chorus
George McMullen   Trombone
Tim Misica   Tenor Saxophone
Kai Palmer   Trumpet
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Karie Prescott   Viola
Marty Rifkin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dino Soldo   Harmonica
David Stenske   Viola
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Patrick Warren   Organ,Synthesizer,Bells,Pump Organ,Synthesizer Strings
John Wittenberg   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Daniel Smith   Cello
Leland Sklar   Bass
Alex Henderson   Trombone
Norm Hughes   Violin
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Robbie Hioki   Bass Trombone
Rudy Stein   Cello
Michael Herring   Acoustic Guitar
Kevin Richardson   Trumpet
Mike Geiger   Choir, Chorus
Kevin St. Claire   Choir, Chorus
Matthew Zebley   Alto Saxophone
Kevin Norton   Trumpet
Jim Youngstrom   Tenor Saxophone
John Roberts   Baritone Saxophone
Amy Fogerson   Choir, Chorus
Grant Gershon   Choir, Chorus
Charles Lane   Choir, Chorus
Claire Fedoruk   Choir, Chorus
Stephen Grimm   Choir, Chorus
Drew Holt   Choir, Chorus
Cassandra ONeal   Piano
Helene Quintana   Choir, Chorus
Greg Davies   Choir, Chorus
Marie Hodgson   Choir, Chorus
Michael Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar
Elissa Jonston   Choir, Chorus
Willie Murillo   Trumpet
Kimberly Switzer   Choir, Chorus
Mario de León   Violin
Gregg Geiger   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Pete Amato   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jud J. Friedman   Composer
Ray Hermann   Arranger
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Greg Pagani   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jess Sutcliffe   Engineer
Bob Thiele   Composer
Patrick Warren   String Arrangements
George David Weiss   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Allan Rich   Composer
LeAnn Rimes   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Ty Lacy   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   translation
Mike Geiger   Choir Arrangement
Wendy Marvel   Graphic Design
Cappeau de Roquemaure   Composer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
LeAnn Rimes has always had, and will always have, one of the best voices in music. On What a Wonderful World, that voice shines. From the classic, haunting rendition of "O Holy Night" to the self-penned, flirty "Just Love Me" LeAnn's voice is perfection. Her "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is amazing and always, ALWAYS gives me chills. I hadn't realized how much I liked this song until Ms. Rimes tackled it. Other stand-outs are "A Different Kind of Christmas" (a poignant song written by Rimes) and "All I Want For Christmas" This entire album is amazing. I love the big band feel, and the fun of some of the tracks. Bottom Line: If you're looking for a Christmas album that's destined to become a classic, this is it!