Christmas, With Love

Christmas, With Love

by Leona Lewis

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Overview

Christmas, With Love

Deliberately designed as an homage to perhaps the greatest pop Christmas album ever, the 1963 classic A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector, Leona Lewis' 2013 seasonal album Christmas, with Love is by any measure a welcome surprise. Warmer and shorter than any of her previous albums, Christmas, with Love emphasizes Leona the singer, not the Leona the diva, and while this is certainly overblown -- anything patterned after Spector isn't striving for intimacy -- she gets a greater chance to sing here than she did on her third album, Glassheart, which is reason enough to enjoy the album, but better still is that the Spector salute largely works. Occasionally, the newly written songs are a little sleepy, but it's only when she ventures into a stately carol, as she does on "Your Hallelujah." This is the exception on an album that's buoyant and bright, filled with clattering good cheer, sleigh bells, choirs, and saxophones. Lewis covers three songs from A Christmas Gift (the ubiquitous "Christmas [Baby Please Come Home]," "Winter Wonderland," and "Silent Night"); pays tribute to Roy Wood's joyous Spector homage "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"; and then co-writes two of her own, "One More Sleep" and "Mr. Right," new seasonal selections that could turn out to be perennials. Christmas, with Love is that rare thing: a tribute that is faithful to its inspiration while working on its own terms. It's one of the best modern Christmas albums in memory.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/2013
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888837936927
catalogNumber: 379369
Rank: 87237

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leona Lewis   Primary Artist
Tony Lewis   Celli
Mark Berrow   Violin
Nick Holland   Viola,Celli
Martin Loveday   Celli
Peter Lale   Viola
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
David Daniels [cello]   Celli
Rolf Wilson   Violin,Leader
Ash Howes   Keyboards
Julian Leaper   Violin
Rachel Bolt   Viola
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Richard George   Violin
Seton Daunt   Bass,Guitar
Graeme Flowers   Trumpet
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Cliff Masterson   Piano,Choir Conductor
Barnaby Dickinson   Trombone
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Jonathan Hill   Violin
Simon Baggs   Violin
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Timothy Grant   Viola
Kerenza Peacock   Violin
James Knight   Saxophone
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Nerys Richards   Viola,Celli
Gabrielle Lester   Violin
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Keyboards
Jez Ashurst   Keyboards
Marianne Haynes   Violin
Zalika King   Background Vocals
Tom Piggott-Smith   Violin,Leader
Katie Holmes   Background Vocals
Adetoun Anibi   Background Vocals
Kelli-Leigh Henry-Davila   Background Vocals
Bianca Claxton   Background Vocals
Freddy Sheed   Drums
Knight Time Horns   Brass
Diva Singers   Choir, Chorus
Allen Whalley   Bass
Peter Hason   Violin
Greg Walmsley   Viola,Celli
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Walter Scott   Composer
Lauren Christy   Composer
Roy Wood   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Matt Kemp   Vocal Engineer
Dick Smith   Composer
Jon Levine   Composer
Ash Howes   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Bradford Ellis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Cliff Masterson   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,String Conductor
Leona Lewis   Composer,Vocal Producer
Autumn Rowe   Composer
Iain James   Composer
Franz Anton Schubert   Composer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer,Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Jez Ashurst   Composer,Programming
Roz Colls   String Contractor
Camille Purcell   Composer

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