Michael Buble - Christmas

Old-Fashioned In the Best Sense

Michael Buble Christmas
Michael Buble - Christmas. Courtesy Reprise Records

Released October 2011 by Reprise Records.

Michael Buble's first full-length Christmas album is old-fashioned in the best possible sense. He was featured in an NBC Christmas TV special in December 2011, and this collection does sound like the soundtrack to a classic holiday production. There is a bit of swing here, contemporary pop there, and a few special guests sprinkled around. Christmas was the top new holiday collection for 2011 and appealed to the broadest possible audience as a soundtrack to Christmas celebrations or a simple accompaniment to holiday decorating and giftwrapping.

Michael Buble Reworking Christmas Classics

Michael Buble reworks a wide range of Christmas classics here in his lightly swinging, pop standard style. However, one of the true standouts is his version of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The Motown influences of the original are stripped out in favor of a traditional, keyboard-based pop ballad treatment. The result is another taste of Michael Buble as contemporary pop singer delivering a surprising amount of emotional intensity.

"Silent Night" showcases just how simply beautiful Michael Buble's vocal delivery can be. The opening "It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas" will please long-term Michael Buble fans as will the gender reversal on "Santa Baby (in this case 'buddy')." Michael Buble will bring out a smile if not a few good-natured chuckles while you listen.

Solid Guest List

As one would expect on this type of Christmas album, there is a solid short list of three guest artists.

First up is the English-Italian trio the Puppini Sisters. They collaborate on a hot swinging version of "Jingle Bells." The holiday spirit positively sparkles here.

The second guest artist is Shania Twain. She steps completely out of the country realm to croon along with Michael Buble on "White Christmas." It is a superstar Canadian duet, and fans of both artists will likely enjoy the pair.

Finally, Latin star Thalia joins Michael Buble for what may be a surprise to listeners. They deliver a grand closing production of "Feliz Navidad." Chorus and strings join the singers and classical guitar in a sweeping performance that provides a pleasing conclusion to this outstanding holiday album.

Top Tracks On Christmas

  • "Jingle Bells" featuring the Puppini Sisters
  • "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
  • "Santa Baby"
  • "Silent Night"
  • "Feliz Navidad" duet with Thalia

Michael Buble Delivers a New Holiday Classic

Make room among your holiday purchases for some new Christmas music, and put Michael Buble at the top of your list. Most pop music fans will not be disappointed regardless of their favorite genre of music. For those familiar with Michael Buble and long-term fans, this is the type of Christmas collection you would expect with a few surprises tucked in. If you have not yet discovered him, or turned away from his delivery of pop standards, this is an album to check out. You will hear more versatility than you expected and a winning holiday spirit.

Legacy

Christmas was Michael Buble's first full-length holiday album following his 2003 EP Let It Snow! that was first released in the US in 2007. Christmas became a smash hit.

It opened at #3 on the overall album chart in the US. In its fifth week on the chart it climbed to #1 and stayed there for four consecutive weeks. Michael Buble's Christmas sold nearly 2.5 million copies in the 2011 calendar year placing second in overall sales for the year behind Adele's blockbuster hit album 21. In 2012, Christmas roared back on to the charts and became the second bestselling holiday album of that year behind only Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas Baby. Michael Buble's album Christmas has sold nearly four million copies in the the US to become his bestselling album.

Michael Buble's NBC TV special A Michael Buble Christmas broadcast on December 6,. 2011 helped promote the album. It was successful enough that NBC launched an ongoing series of Michael Buble Christmas specials. Each year they help push the album back on to the charts.

Christmas has been a successful album elsewhere in the world, too reaching #1 in many different countries. In the UK it has been certified seven times platinum selling more than two million copies.