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Rod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby

Lisa Bentley


Over the past few years, Rod Stewart has released a series of albums called the American Songbook; each volume allowing him to take on songs made famous by other artists. The success of the series has been phenomenal, in part due to the song choices but mostly due to Rod Stewart himself. His professionalism and his unique vocals make him one of the greatest artists that the UK has ever produced.

It is likely due to the success of the American Songbook that Stewart has recorded his latest album – Merry Christmas, Baby. The album features thirteen standard holiday songs that have all had the Rod Stewart magic sprinkled on them. The album also features a whole host of interesting and quirky duets ranging from Michael Buble to Cee Lo Green.

The title song Merry Christmas, Baby is the duet between Green and Stewart and is chock full of soul and sass, brass accompaniment and rhythm. It is such a quirky and unlikely duet but it works so well. Another of the duets on the album comes in the form of Christmas carol We Three Kings in which Stewart performs with Mary J. Blige. Again this is a strange option of song and duet but the two seasoned singers make it work.

One of the most impressive cover versions on Merry Christmas, Baby has to be Auld Lang Syne; the song has a very Celtic feel to it with the string accompaniment. Stewart’s voice lends well to the emotion of the song. In short, this is one of the better festive albums that have been released this year. And one thing is for sure, Stewart’s voice just keeps getting better and better.