Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"The bad news: Carole King didn’t write any of the songs here. The good news is that the album was sympathetically produced by her daughter Louise Goffin. There are versions of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things”; ersatz salsa and ersatz Stax; a simple Hanukkah song aiming for a “Kind of Blue” vibe, and Ms. King’s usual open, friendly singing, loud and raw on the money notes." -The New York Times
Audio Mixer: Nathaniel Kunkel.
Recording information: Cutting Cane Studios, Davie, FL; Record One, Sherman Oaks, CA; Studio Without Walls, Encino, CA; The Village Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Universe Of Soul, Pacific Palisades, CA; Xacca Sounds, Marina Del Rey, CA.
Photographers: Elissa Kline; Eric Raptosh; Carole King.
Carole King's first studio album in over ten years, Holiday Carole, opens on a familiar note with a light, jazzy take on Rodgers & Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things." King's daughter Louise Goffin produced the album and co-wrote the three original pieces, which include the Latin-tinged "Christmas Paradise," the free and easy "Christmas in the Air," and the lovely closing ballad "New Year's Day," and while they may not be as instantly familiar as "Carol of the Bells," "Sleigh Ride," or "Do You Hear What I Hear," they blend in well amidst the yuletide standards. Fueled by King's laid-back delivery and precise diction, Holiday Carole, which represents the first seasonal release from the pop legend, breezes by without a whole lot of pomp and circumstance, touching on multiple genres while remaining true to both the holiday spirit and the singer's distinctive cadence. ~ James Christopher Monger