What a Wonderful World

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Curb Special Markets
  • UPC: 715187877924
  • Catalog Number: 78779

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
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
Greg Geiger 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
Rudolph Stein Cello
Elissa Jonston Choir, Chorus
Willie Murillo Trumpet
Kimberly Switzer Choir, Chorus
Mario de León Violin
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
Doug Sax Mastering
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
Placide Clappeau Composer
John Sullivan Dwight translation
Mike Geiger Choir Arrangement
Robert Hadley Mastering
Wendy Marvel Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing.

    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!

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