Sheryl Crow has released her first holiday album this year in October. Available for only $7.95 with the purchase of three cards from Hallmark Gold Crown stores, Home for Christmas
< continues the store's tradition of releasing enjoyable Christmas albums. Following such stars as Michael McDonald, Barry Manilow, and George Strait, Sheryl Crow has released an album accessible by all ages.
Crow's first holiday album begins with a bluesy big band version of "Go Tell It on the Mountain" that simmers with Crow's radiant vocals and rocks with a sousaphone bass-line. A string section helps smooth the minor chords into a festive holiday mood. Jazz and funk-oriented "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" follows next with chunky guitar by Roger Fritz, a saxophone section and the light funk of Crow's organ. Booker T appears on four other songs on the album. Crow also performs her first written Christmas song, "There Is a Star That Shines Tonight", a soft ballad punctuated by a delicate and angelic string section.