Brett Eldredge Deserves To “Glow” With His First Christmas Album – CMM Review

Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the best Christmas record to come out this year…. heck it’s the best one to come out in a few, if I’m totally honest. Now, for those that don’t already know, I’m a HUGE fanatic when it comes to Christmas. I love all things Christmas, to the point where I listen to Christmas music and watch Christmas movies all year round. So, let’s just say I have pretty high standards when it comes to Christmas albums, and Brett Eldredge has exceeded those standards. “Glow” is a top-notch record, one that will, without a doubt, get you in full holiday mode.

This holiday project has a throwback Big Band sound reminiscent of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, which made me fall in love with it immediately. The record has a very classic sound to it and Brett’s voice fits right in. I played the first track from this record for a friend and asked her if she could identify who was singing it….. She thought it was Sinatra, which I totally get because that’s who Brett (on this record) reminds me of too. This is a fun, enjoyable, spectacular record filled with a mix of standard secular holiday songs, traditional Christmas hymns, and one original.

“Glow” opens with energy and pizzazz with Brett taking on a Sinatra persona as he sings “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” The crooner is right at home with the Jazzy, Big Band sound, which seems to fit his big voice like a tailored suit. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” was an excellent choice to kick off this record, as it sets the mood and really grabs the listener immediately. Brett slows it down a touch with smoother, jazz and piano infused tracks like the classics, “White Christmas”, “The Christmas Song”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (Ft. Meghan Trainor), “Winter Wonderland”, “Have Yourself A Merry Christmas”, “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”, and the only original on the record, “Glow”.  He then really slows it down and truly shines on traditional hymns, “Silent Night” and “The First Noel”.

If you didn’t know that Brett could sing and that he was incredibly talented, you’ll quickly realize it as soon as you start listening to this album. It is absolutely stunning in every way. THIS is what a Christmas record is supposed to sound like. His voice is rich, powerful, and just beautiful (I know you’re not suppose to use “beautiful” to describe a guy’s voice, but hey, there’s no other word for it!).

One testament to his talent is the fact that I hate the song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. I just find it a bit creepy. If you listen to the lyrics closely, it sort of sounds a bit date rape-ish.. Brett and Meghan’s version is the only one I actually enjoy! 🙂 If you ask me, Brett has found his niche is the Big Band, Jazzy sound. I hope that this marks the first of many Christmas records we get from Brett!

I had a heck of time trying to pick highlights from this record, simply because there’s not a song on this album that isn’t awesome. “Glow” is unanimously voted the best Christmas record to come out this year, and overall, one of the best to come out in the past several years. If you’re going to by only one of the many Christmas records coming out this year, do yourself a favor and get this one! You won’t be sorry!

Highlights: “Let It Slow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “Silent Night”, “The First Noel”, and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.

(Written by Liz Austin/CMM Contributor)

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