Chesney - All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan
Album Review by: Cheryl H. Hill, Staff Journalist
all the Christmas stuff going on display (at major "super
stores" across the country) in September, by the time December
rolls around, all I want for Christmas is for it to be over! I received
this album about six weeks ago but I made the decision to not review it
until December. This morning I decided to give it a listen. I hadn't
heard any rave reviews about it so I really wasn't expecting much. What
a delightful holiday surprise this album proved to be. I loved it. Every
single song was wonderful. This is NOT a "country" Christmas
album. NOT a "novelty" Christmas album. NOT "just
another" Christmas album. This IS one of the best Christmas albums
I have ever heard.
The title song, written by the multi-talented Paul Overstreet, is a
rhythmical, fun, easy-listening tune that leaves you with a real good
feeling, and Chesney's duet on "Pretty Paper," with country
icon Willie Nelson, was especially delightful. Nelson wrote the song so
who better to sing it with? Their rendition was so superb that it left
you feeling like you might actually be able to forgive the major store
chains for starting to celebrate Christmas back in July. Although they
don't harmonize, their transition from one singer to the other is
flawless and Chesney is able to match Nelson's unique, metered phrasing.
Magnificent in it's simplicity.
Given half a chance by radio, "Just A Kid," written by Skip
Ewing and Kent Blazy, which tells about the birth of Jesus from a
different viewpoint (that of Jesus himself) could become a Christmas
standard. It's a unique new telling of the oldest story. Superb.
All of the standard Christmas songs on this album are done well --
extremely well -- and except for the calypso beat on "Jingle
Bells" and "Silver Bells," this album is representative
of the very best of traditional Christmas songs. For me, "All I
Want For Christmas (is a real good tan)" is already one of my
favorite Christmas songs. But then, I'm from Las Vegas, so palm trees
with Christmas lights is the norm and so is a real good Christmas tan.
Kudos to Kenny Chesney et all for their talent, creativity and vision.
If you are looking for a perfect holiday gift for a special person ...
look no further ... this album is it.
BUY IT NOW!