Welcome to Blogmas Day Two! Today we’re going to be taking a look, doing a little review of a new Christmas album, The Dream of Christmas by Gary Barlow.
I really like the album cover, it’s got that very Gary Barlow mix of being classy and in this case obviously Christmas without being over the top. This came out at the end of November, so I’ve had the chance to listen to it fully a couple of times. The track listing reads as such;
1). The Dream of Christmas
2). Sleigh Ride
3). Wonderful Christmastime
4). How Christmas is supposed to be (featuring Sheridan Smith)
5). This Christmas
6). Come on Christmas
7). My Dear Acquaintance
8). Winter Wonderland (featuring the Puppini Sisters)
9). The Colder It Feels (featuring Sheku Kanneh-Mason)
10). Merry Christmas Everyone
11). A Child’s Christmas in Wales (featuring Aled Jones)
The deluxe version has the following five songs as well;
12). I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
13). I Believe in Father Christmas
14). In the Bleak Midwinter
15). It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
16). Christmas Sweater
With this album Gary does a great job of not falling into what some artists do when they do Christmas which is to do the songs with just a little bit of their personality attached to it. This is very much a Gary Barlow Christmas album. The arrangements are unique and give some of these songs a new perspective. The arrangement he did on Merry Christmas Everyone is incredible, it’s so soulful and beautiful.
The original songs are brilliant in my opinion. I think Christmas Sweater is my favorite, it’s really fun and so far everyone I’ve played it for has liked it a lot. I think there’s also something to be said for How Christmas Is Supposed to Be, the video is super cute and it really touches on how stressful the holidays can be and to remember to enjoy it and have fun.
Overall I’m glad Gary decided to do this album. If you are a fan of Take That and haven’t listened to much of his solo music you will like this and if you’re a fan of his in general you’ll really like this. I definitely recommend giving it a listen if you haven’t, it will make you feel super festive.
That about wraps it up for this post, if you’ve listened to this album I’d love to know what your thoughts are and what your favorite song/songs are.
Until next time, have fun listening to Christmas music and I’m glad you’re all enjoying Blogmas :).
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