Merry Christmas, Baby

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  • Summary: David Foster co-produced the first Christmas album for the British singer-songwriter that features guest appearances by Mary J. Blige, Chris Botti, Michael Bublé, Ella Fitzgerald, Cee-Lo Green, Dave Koz, and Trombone Shorty.
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  1. Dec 13, 2012
    If you know how Rod Stewart sounds, and are aware of these songs' traditional arrangements (sole new number aside), then you already know what Merry Christmas, Baby has in store. And whether or not you're going to want to pick it up from one.
  2. Dec 13, 2012
    The album does its job--the 67-year-old's husky rasp sounds as Christmassy as a log fire and, when the lush instrumentation creates a warm glow, you can almost smell the chestnuts roasting.
  3. Dec 13, 2012
    Verve chairman David Foster, who serves as arranger and producer, demonstrates laudable discernment in choosing the album's 13 songs, and the same goes for the requisite cameos: Cee Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, and Trombone Shorty provide little boosts of energy to Stewart along the way.
  4. Humbugness aside, though, it's a serviceable collection of jazzy covers and duets.
  5. Dec 13, 2012
    ong for song, Merry Christmas, Baby is very much of a piece with Rod's ongoing Great American Songbook series, with Stewart not straying from the familiar form of these songs and producer David Foster laying on all manner of soft, soothing sounds.
  6. 30
    Mary J Blige, Ella bloody Fitzgerald and the odious Cee Lo (see above) all phone in a hand, but… look, just get the book [his autobiography], OK? It's brilliant, and this isn't.