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Willie Nelson

The Classic Christmas Album

(Sony Legacy; US: 2 Oct 2012; UK: 15 Oct 2012)

Willie Nelson gets the holiday treatment in Willie Nelson: The Classic Christmas Album, part of a whole line of albums that collect holiday tunes from throughout an artist’s career.


Nelson takes the right approach with these songs. He covers most of the classics—“White Christmas”, “Jingle Bells”, “Frosty the Snowman”, etc.—and he keeps the arrangements simple and traditional. Organ, guitar and the occasional harmonica give the songs some nice rustic accents, helped of course by Nelson’s wonderful twangy voice, as warm and weathered and comforting as a beat-up old baseball mitt.


Nelson’s Christmas songs provide the perfect accompaniment for those cold December nights when you’re wrapping gifts or putting the finishing touches on your tree or just enjoying a quiet sip of hot cocoa by the fireplace. Only the most cold-hearted of Scrooges could say “Bah humbug!” to this collection.

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Matt Arado is an award-winning journalist and entertainment writer who lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two boys. He is also pursuing an MFA degree in creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. He kicks himself daily for never having seen Husker Du, Nirvana or the Jesus Lizard live on stage. Follow him on Twitter at @mjarado.


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