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Now That's What I Call Christmas!, Vol. 2: The Signature Collection

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9/30/2003

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Marking something of a break from the Now That's What I Call Music! series' focus on the new, Now That's What I Call Christmas! Vol.2: The Signature Collection devotes one disc to contemporary pop versions of Christmas songs and another disc to vocal pop, jazz, and country versions of holiday favorites. Destiny's Child gets the album off to a strong start with the spellbinding a cappella "Opera of the Bells," but Stacie Orrico's "O Come All Ye Faithful," Elton John's "Step into Christmas," and *NSYNC's "I Don't Wanna Spend One More Christmas Without You" share the same problem: they don't sound especially Christmassy. This dilemma plagues more of the contemporary holiday songs than it should, although Kylie Minogue's vamp on "Santa Baby" is equally silly, sexy, and festive, and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" sounds like a modern take on A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. Ballads like Vince Gill's "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and Aaron Neville's "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" also fare well, while Charlotte Church's "Silent Night" and Celine Dion's "O Holy Night" end the album with the same kind of vocal beauty that began it. It's not the most satisfying collection, but it's still hard to fault any Christmas album that bothers to include the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping." Disc two delivers more of the goods, with tracks like Louis Armstrong's "Winter Wonderland," Burl Ives' "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" providing plenty of vintage cheer. Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, and Kenny Rogers also contribute more traditional holiday music. Now That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 2: The Signature Collection does indeed offer something for everyone, but at the expense of presenting a more focused Christmas collection. ~ Heather Phares
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Opera of the Bells Destiny's Child 4:37
  3. 2 O Come All Ye Faithful Stacie Orrico 4:0
  4. 3 I Don't Wanna Spend One More Christmas Without You *NSYNC 4:1
  5. 4 Santa Baby Kylie Minogue 3:20
  6. 5 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town B2K 3:6
  7. 6 Step into Christmas Elton John 4:9
  8. 7 Jingle Bells Jimmy Buffett 3:53
  9. 8 All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey 4:3
  10. 9 Do You Hear What I Hear? Vince Gill 4:39
  11. 10 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear Aaron Neville 3:38
  12. 11 Last Christmas Wham! 6:44
  13. 12 Christmas Through Your Eyes Gloria Estefan 5:1
  14. 13 Christmas Wrapping The Waitresses 5:24
  15. 14 A Christmas to Remember Amy Grant 4:20
  16. 15 Silent Night Charlotte Church 3:46
  17. 16 Please Come Home for Christmas Luther Vandross 3:37
  18. 17 O' Holy Night Celine Dion 5:22
  19. 18 Peace Norah Jones 3:49
  20. 1 Winter Wonderland Louis Armstrong 3:2
  21. 2 I'll Be Home for Christmas Barbra Streisand 4:12
  22. 3 Silver Bells Johnny Mathis 3:32
  23. 4 The Little Drummer Boy Lou Rawls 2:58
  24. 5 Happy Holiday Peggy Lee 1:54
  25. 6 The Christmas Blues Dean Martin 2:54
  26. 7 Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry 2:45
  27. 8 Baby, It's Cold Outside Tom Jones 3:40
  28. 9 Feliz Navidad José Feliciano 4:55
  29. 10 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Burl Ives 2:10
  30. 11 The First Noel Andy Williams 3:6
  31. 12 I Know What I Want for Christmas George Strait 3:23
  32. 13 O Little Town of Bethlehem Yolanda Adams 4:10
  33. 14 Kentucky Homemade Country Christmas Kenny Rogers 4:14
  34. 15 Go Tell It on the Mountain Andy Griffith 2:17
  35. 16 Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) 3:31
  36. 17 (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays Barry Manilow 2:27
  37. 18 Auld Lang Syne Guy Lombardo 2:29

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