Music Review: “Cheers, It’s Christmas”

Blake Shelton shot to mainstream fame when he became known as the funny and caring guy on NBC’s The Voice, but what a lot of non-country listeners probably don’t realize is that Blake has been in the music industry since 2001 with his self-titled debut album (he sported a full-on mullet back then, as did a lot of country stars—ahem, Billy Ray Cyrus—seriously, go Google it). Back in 2008 for his album Pure BS (seriously, this guy has been a funny-man his whole life), Shelton even covered Michael Bublé’s 2005 hit, “Home,” which went on to be #1 on the country charts for Shelton. Together, Shelton and Bublé reworked the song with a Christmas theme and sang it together on this Christmas album. One of the highlights from this twang-heavy Christmas album.

Now, if you’re not one for country music, maybe you should simply be cherry-picking songs like “Jingle Bell Rock” (sung with Shelton’s wife, Miranda Lambert), “White Christmas,”  or “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” Throughout these songs, Shelton “tones down” the country and sings a classic rendition of the famous holiday hits. However, Shelton has a pure country voice, full of twang in its own right. Non-country lovers might not take to his scratchy soulful voice, but with country music on the rise, who isn’t at least a little bit of a country fan?

The album is packed with guest-stars: Shelton’s wife, Miranda Lambert (“Jingle Bell Rock“), superstar Reba McEntire (“Oklahoma Christmas“–talk about a twangy, pure country song), pop star Kelly Clarkson (“There’s a New Kid in Town“–Clarkson released her own Christmas album last year as well), crooner Michael Bublé (“Home“), country trio Pistol Annies (“Blue Christmas“–hey, there’s Miranda Lambert again!), The Voice contestant Xenia (“Silver Bells“), Shelton’s mother Dorothy Shackleford (“Time for Me to Come Home“), and Trypta-Phunk (“The Very Best Time of Year“).

At its heart, this album is a classic Christmas album, with a few songs that are pure-country (hey, you can’t expect someone like Blake Shelton to not include corny songs like “Santa’s Got a Choo Choo Train“). Country fans want to be sure to pick this album up for their holiday collection. Non-country lovers might want to listen to a few previews before deciding which ones to pick up. 


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