Christmas is a festive season and the fact that it’s November already, it’s no surprise that shopping malls are already getting into the Christmas spirit by putting up decorations and Christmas trees everywhere. It’s an exciting time for everyone and Christmas would cease to exist without the joyous music to complement the season, so in a nutshell, Wrapped In Red by Kelly Clarkson is a clear winner of an album for the festivities ahead. The former American Idol has been busy all year and the fact that she was able to work on a Christmas album as well as plan and organise a wedding, it’s crazy how she managed to juggle both at the same time.
The release is basically a compilation of old Christmas tunes and Kelly Clarkson has done a great job turning them into modernised tracks that reignites the feel of Christmas time. Not only that but Wrapped In Red does have some original tracks made by Kelly herself including 4 Carats, Wrapped In Red and Underneath The Tree. The tracks Wrapped In Red and Underneath The Tree are great starters of the album because it sends off that happy vibe that it’s Christmas time and ’tis the season to be jolly. The tracks were co-written by Kelly Clarkson and this not only shows her passion for the season but her overall love for music in general. The fact that she did this not only poses as an advantage for the Christmas album but what listeners can find is that it’s pretty consistent and that the flow of the album will keep them engaged for longer because of the variety of songs on it. 4 Carats is essentially a pop song but it gives a clear indication that Kelly has made the effort to make some original tracks for Wrapped In Red and this shows she has spent time and dedication on this album even if it was a complementary album for a particular season that only happens once a year.
She also made an excellent cover of Imogen Heap’s Just For Now and from there on, it pretty much sealed the deal for Wrapped In Red. The piano accompaniment for the cover also complemented well with Kelly’s charming vocals while sending off cheery vibes, making the track more appropriate for the festive season. Kelly also managed to pull off an amazing cover of Silent Night as a way to end the album on such a beautiful note. The song features Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood and in a nutshell, they basically sound like angels singing this classic carol.
Although this isn’t really a new release by Kelly Clarkson, it’s evident that she has made an effort to make a decent Christmas release. Wrapped In Red is definitely a worthwhile album for the festive season as not only does it have modernised versions of Christmas carols, it also has some original tracks made by Kelly herself. It’s a beautiful compilation of songs and a great album to start celebrating the happiest time of the year with family and loved ones.
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