02 December 2010

Gold and Green - Sugarland's Christmas Album

I am so excited.  For many reasons, actually.  It is December, which means it is Christmastime.  My favorite time of the year.  I love everything about this time of year, especially the music.  And as much as I like contemporary country music, when it comes to Christmas music I am a traditionalist.  My favorites are the traditional carols sung by a large choir.  That's why I was not expecting much from Sugarland's Christmas Album. It is half traditional and half new contemporary stuff.  Add to that to the fact that there recently released album The Incredible Machine was a definite dud, I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to this album, released in 2009 (somehow I missed it last year).  From the first song, "City of Silver Dreams" to the final notes of "Silent Night" sung by Jennifer Nettles in Spanish, I fell in love with this album.  In fact, there are a number of songs, "Comin Home", "Little Wooden Guitar", and the title cut. "Gold and Green" that I would listen to all year round.  As for the traditionals, I love the blending of Kristian Bush's "Holly Jolly Christmas" with Jennifer Nettles' "Winter Wonderland" and Jennifer's rendition of "I'm Gettin Nuttin for Christmas" is the only version of this song that I have ever liked.  This album contains all of the usual Sugarland melodies and harmonies.  Showcasing Ms. Nettls' voice and even showing off Kristian Bush's voice perfectly.  I only wish it was longer than 10 songs.  Why couldn't they stick to this type of music for their regular album??  Come on guys, don't mess with success.

Definitely a 10!