It’s officially the day after Halloween which means we’re only two months away from the holidays. For the inherently festive that means: Christmas music. Naturally, America’s jolliest soul singer, CeeLo Green, has officially released his contribution to the Christmas canon. A Christmas album gives an artist to truly live eternally, piped through the speakers of a Bloomingdales during the holiday shopping rush, as Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas” has been for the past 100 years. Will CeeLo join the greats in Xmas eternity? Let’s go over the track list and see.
- What Christmas Means To Me (Ah yes, the Stevie Wonder cover is one CeeLo deceptively fools you into thinking is his own. What does Xmas actually mean to CeeLo? We may never know.)
- Baby It’s Cold Outside – feat. Christina Aguilera (The Voice judge Christina Aguilera might have her own album dropping soon, but will always make time for a BFF…And for the opportunity to be on someone else’s album. We all know how well “Moves Like Jagger” did on the charts.)
- This Christmas (Better than ‘NSync’s version, worse than Christina’s.)
- The Christmas Song (Chestnuts aren’t even that good, or is it just me?)
- White Christmas (CeeLo’s soul roots shine on this one.)
- All I Need Is Love – feat. Disney’s The Muppets (Here’s the album’s lead: A Christmas song that samples The Muppets theme! We always knew CeeLo was a production genius, and this bit of mastery might just be his hook. Literally?)
- You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – feat. Straight No Chaser (Straight No Chaser is apparently an a cappella group that stands in as CeeLo’s backing music on this track. It works because it’s all around silly. Glee fans will love.)
- Please Come Home For Christmas (Okay, at this point I’m won over and already thinking about my tree.)
- Run Rudolph Run (Can’t you just see this CeeLo performing this at the Tree Lighting Ceremony this winter?)
- All I Want For Christmas (The Mariah Carey anthem sounds just as festive as ever coming from CeeLo! Related: Has this song officially achieved carol status? I think so. Think of the royalties!)
- Mary, Did You Know? (Get Mary J. on this track, STAT!)
- River (The sacred Joni Mitchell cover often only comes but once a year, when you watch Love, Actually with your friends and family, and CeeLo’s version of Mitchell’s depressing wintertime song is just not quite sad enough.)
- Merry Christmas, Baby – feat. Rod Stewart & Trombone Shorty (Woah there, Rod Stewart? Really? CeeLo calls in the big favors and went for Rod.)
- Silent Night (Let’s end on a solemn night, with a song deserving of a full chorus. Which CeeLo gives. And some)
All in all? An well-rounded Christmas effort. Put this CD in those stockings. Along with some candy. CeeLo would approve.