I’ve long since gotten past being one of those Jewish people who feels oppressed by how Christmas-crazy this country gets every year. (Well, mostly.) What can I say? Christmas music is great. I’ll admit to not having much appreciation for the songs about angels and Jesus and mangers and whatnot, but thankfully, that still leaves room for a whole lot more.
I will fight anyone who argues that Ella Wishes You A Swingin’ Christmas isn’t the best Christmas album ever. But the perfection of that album doesn’t prevent me from acquiring a new Christmas album or two every year. (Yes, my Christmas album collection is probably larger than your entire CD collection.) Last year I added Rosemary Clooney and Christina Aguilera. Some favorites have been Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, A Broadway Christmas, Neil Diamond’s “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” and of course Barbra’s two Christmas discs (although her first is far better). Yes, all five of those albums come from Jews. Deal with it.
Anyway, CeeLo Green’s Christmas album came out this week, and to my ears, it’s an instant classic. A great mix of songs, mostly drawn from the 20th century’s bountiful crop of Christmas music. Some great guest stars including The Muppets and Christina Aguilera. CeeLo’s incredible singing, fantastic production reminiscent of the Phil Spector christmas album, and a healthy sense of humor complete the package.
So basically, unless you hate Christmas, fun, or black people, you should love CeeLo’s Magic Moment.