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Classic Christmas

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George Strait 10/7/2008

Review

For his third holiday album -- he releases one every decade, more or less like clockwork -- George Strait concentrates on the basics, something that's evident from the very title of Classic Christmas. There's not a new tune or obscurity among the album's ten songs, as Strait relies heavily on carols like "Silent Night," "Joy to the World," and "O Come, All Ye Faithful," adding a couple relatively newer standards like "Jingle Bells" and "Up on the Housetop" for balance. This makes Classic Christmas quite a bit different from 1999's Merry Christmas Wherever You Are, which concentrated on brand-new tunes and secular favorites like "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," "The Christmas Song," and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" -- songs that he pulled off nicely, but the simplicity of these standards is well suited for Strait's warm, easygoing touch. Indeed, Classic Christmas is quite warm and easygoing, a relaxed collection of gentle acoustic numbers and subdued Western swing ("Jingle Bells" and "Upon on the Housetop" benefit quite a bit from the latter) that feels as true to Strait's sound as it does to the spirit of the season. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Joy to the World George Strait 2:28
  3. 2 We Three Kings George Strait 2:31
  4. 3 Silent Night George Strait 3:9
  5. 4 Jingle Bells George Strait 2:26
  6. 5 O Come, All Ye Faithful George Strait 3:25
  7. 6 Up on the Housetop George Strait 2:46
  8. 7 We Wish You a Merry Christmas George Strait 1:43
  9. 8 O Christmas Tree George Strait 2:25
  10. 9 Hark, the Herald Angels Sing George Strait 2:31
  11. 10 Deck the Halls George Strait 1:57

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