Leading on from selecting our favourite Christmas songs, Emma Clarendon selects some of her favourite Christmas albums….
Kylie Christmas – Kylie Minogue: it’s hard to believe that this 2015 Christmas album is the Australian singer’s first festive themed album. What makes this such a lovely, playful and entertaining album is the way in which it combines contemporary, new and a couple of traditional songs to offer a diverse range of music. Particular favourite tracks include her duet with James Corden on ‘Only You’ and ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.
Christmas – Michael Buble: the ultimate sign that Christmas is coming is the playing of this smoothly elegant album from the singer. It includes my all time favourite rendition of ‘It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas’ , a jazzy performance of ‘Jingle Bells’ featuring The Puppini Sisters and the perky ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’.
Comfort and Joy – An Acoustic Christmas – Liz Callaway: recently released, this gorgeous album is perfect if you are looking for something peaceful and comforting to listen to. Songs such as ‘God Bless My Family’ and ‘Christmas Eve (Could Not Ask For More)’ feel particularly poignant at the moment. Read our review here.
Christmas is Here – Collabro: featuring some truly beautiful arrangements of songs such as ‘O’Holy Night’ and ‘Ave Maria’, this new festive album is wonderfully heartwarming and is really soothing to listen to. Particular favourite tracks include ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’. Catch up with our review here.
The Nat King Cole Christmas Album – Nat King Cole: with his distinctive vocals, Nat King Cole’s album provides plenty of diversity thanks to quirky renditions of ‘ Frosty the Snowman’ and ‘The Happiest Christmas Tree’. Elsewhere, his performance of ‘The Christmas Song’ never fails to put me in the festive mood and an uplifting version of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ is a lovely addition.
By Emma Clarendon
Find out what made our favourite Christmas songs list here.