To say that Francesca Battistelli’s recording, Christmas, is just another Christmas Album, would be as insulting as saying the Mona Lisa is just another painting, or that Brooklyn and San Francisco’s iconic bridges are just more roads. Truth be told, Christmas is one of the most refreshing albums to come along in quite some time, and while it came out in 2012, I personally was both shocked and very disappointed that we somehow missed this gem.
The key for this album is diversity. So many times when an album comes out, you listen to the first two songs and you’ve heard the entire album, because the rest of the album sounds identical to the first two songs. This, however, is NOT the case for Francesca’s Christmas album. After listening to the first two songs, I hadn’t even scratched the surface on this great project.
So many genres and themes can be found on this album. You have classic Christmas songs, like “The Christmas Song”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, done in anything but a classic way. You have the sacred in “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, and “Joy to the World”, and the whimsical in songs like “Marshmallow World” and “Christmas Is”. And how about style? Like that Big Band feel? It’s in there! How about contemporary, rock-a-billy, jazz, traditional, and that’s just to name a few. Did I mention country twang? It’s all there. This album truly is one of the must get albums to add to any Christmas album collection! In a nutshell … variety. Simply put, this album is anything but ordinary, anything but usual, and anything but boring. Have you gotten the impression yet that we here at SJDMFCL like this album? … Cause we do, and we think you will too.
Speaking of liking her music, Francesca’s Christmas Tour runs from December 7th, through December 22nd, and if you’re in Mississippi, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana or Illinois, then you are one of the very blessed few who will have a chance to see Mrs. Battistelli perform some of her best work in person. You can visit her website francescamusic.com
for more information on venues and tickets. From all of us here at SJDMFCL, wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas! (A few weeks early)