Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"Christmas is vocalist Michael Bublé's first full-length holiday-themed album since his 2003 EP Let It Snow. As with that album, Christmas features Bublé backed by small ensembles as well as his big band and orchestra, and includes a handful of classic Christmas songs. In that sense, the album is a rather old-school affair, with Bublé in prime Bing Crosby-meets-Dean Martin vocal style tackling such chestnuts as "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," "Silent Night," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." There are also some fine, contemporary, if still retro-sounding, pop moments here including Bublé's duet with the British female pop trio the Puppini Sisters on "Jingle Bells," and his inspired, slightly melancholy reworking of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Ultimately, Christmas is a warm and inviting album that showcases Bublé's impeccable vocal chops." -All Music Guide
" As usual with a Buble record, “Christmas” contains top notch production values, sounding clean and slick the whole way through. And unlike most Christmas albums that drop, here we have the rare occasion where the songs feel like they’ve been arranged, recorded, mixed, and mastered over a generous amount of time; not something rushed out for the holidays... you won’t be able to deny its immediate charm and accessibility. Christmas just got a bit classier this year." -EntertainmentRocks.com
If every era gets the Bing Crosby it deserves, ours is Michael Bublé, a vivacious, self-conscious crooner with enough of a twinkle in his eye to let you know he doesn’t take it all that seriously (except when he totally does). “Christmas” is his first full-service holiday album, following a 2003 EP. Partly produced by David Foster, the album has many things: a toasty homage to Crosby (“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”); a chummy nod to Dean Martin (“Santa Baby”); some ceremonial piety (“Ave Maria”); some adult-contemporary catnip (“Christmas [Baby Please Come Home]”); a lone, slick original (“Cold December Night”). Mr. Bublé’s sparkly sincerity commands the spotlight at every turn, but he plays well with others, too: the Puppini Sisters show up to do their boogie-woogie shtick, Thalia joins in on a version of “Feliz Navidad,” and Shania Twain peeks out of semi-retirement to trade verses on a muted but appealing “White Christmas.” There are lapses in judgment, like a strangely inert version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” but on the whole Mr. Bublé won’t be derailed." -The New York Times
Audio Mixer: Jochem van der Saag.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Germano Studios, New York, NY; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; LionShare Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Warehouse, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Photographer: Dean Freeman.
Except for a 2003 EP, Michael Bublé hadn't released a holiday album until 2011's Christmas, which coincided with a television special on NBC, A Michael Bublé Christmas. The album was produced by David Foster, Bob Rock and Humberto Gatica, and featured duets with Shania Twain, the Puppini Sisters, and Thalía, among others. Along with holiday favorites ("Silent Night," "Jingle Bells," "White Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), Christmas also features "Cold December Night," an original from Bublé. Special editions included three bonus tracks and an exclusive ornament within extended packaging.