I can't get over the "Respect" performance. They are just throwing out G5s like nothing and having a blast. It's a shame we haven't heard them perform together before. Can't wait (if it's true) for the new Xmas track!
Might be over-analyzing but it seemed like when Ariana brought up their "Respect" duet Kelly thought she was talking about their duet on her album--there was just something kinda awkward about the exchange and they share a look toward the end of that conversation and kinda laugh.
That performance of ‘Respect’ has garnered so much media and social media attention. Since NBC uploaded it onto their official YouTube channel, it is now number #4 trending. Most of the media’s comments have focused on both Ariana’s and especially Kelly’s vocals. It’s unbelievably rewarding to be long-term fans of an artist who is at her vocal peak from every facet of her voice AND who delivers flawless performances practically every single day on mainstream TV as a media staple for years now. There’s not a single mainstream female singer at her level today, IMO.
Post by keeptheflowers on Sept 21, 2021 12:59:35 GMT -5
Just wanna say Kelly is the perfect combination of beautiful yet messy, fierce yet kind, and strong yet vulnerable. All these wonderfully aligned in one person and keeps fueling the success she so deserves <3
1. Merry Christmas Baby 2. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas 3. Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You) 4. Merry Christmas (To the One I Used to Know) 5. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree 6. Glow (with Chris Stapleton) 7. Santa Baby 8. Santa, Can’t You Hear Me (with Ariana Grande) 9. Last Christmas 10. Jingle Bell Rock 11. Blessed 12. Christmas Come Early - 13. Under the Mistletoe (with Brett Eldredge) [Bonus Track] 14. All I Want for Christmas Is You [Bonus Track] 15. Christmas Eve [Bonus Track]
Green indicates what I believe are the six new/original holiday songs.
As for Christmas Isn't Cancelled (Just You). First few listens. It's good. Although I would say not as strong as Christmas Eve, Under The Mistletoe, and/or most of the Wrapped In Red originals.
Stylistically it's quite choppy (changed tempos and structure a bit), but it's sort of a doo-woppy/Grease style track.
What do I have to do to get her to cover "River" my god
Nice to see the track list! The covers all look pretty strong, especially excited for "Last Christmas" and "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree." It's more of a typical holiday album than I was hoping for, and it's obviously got huge shoes to fill, but I'm so, so excited for new music from her.
Kelly herself looks great but I would've liked something flashier, more festive and Christmassy for the artwork. Excited to listen to this nonetheless. I like every song she's chosen to cover except for "Merry Christmas Baby" and obviously I have not heard the originals.
Post by ƒreakshow on Sept 22, 2021 11:08:08 GMT -5
I’m pretty happy with that track list overall, she will do a lot of those songs justice. I feel like she followed her WIR formula when coming up with this track list, a little of everything. Love that there’s so many originals. The cover is meh, wish it were more festive and less “home made” looking.
I’m not surprised at all by her cover choices. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree was begging to be formally recorded by her. I hate Santa Baby, I remember some of us suspecting it would be on WIR since she mentioned loving it at one point. Ultimately she went with 4 Carats for that same vibe. I hope Jingle Bell Rock is in the same vein as Run Run Rudolph, the latter really surprised me on WIR and ended up being one of my favorites.
Disappointed there’s no re-recording of Silent Night after Reba destroyed the WIR version. And what do I have to do to get her to record a proper O Holy Night?? (That Home or whatever it’s called one still doesn’t count!)
Why did I start singing “Santa tell me, if you’re really there…” when I read the title of the Ariana duet?? LOL.
Edit: Oh and I didn’t even notice Last Christmas!! I can’t wait for that, I can’t think of a more fitting song to cover for this since WIR was made with her new love in mind.
After years of Kelly complaining about not being able to get anyone to sing with her, the third act in her career has been a blessing on that front. So stoked to see her land Chris Stapleton and Ariana for the album -- that's huge!
The only thing I like about the purple dress (and I'm sure this is just my mind) but red and blue combined is purple.... so like it's Wrapped in Red but she's sad/Blue. Idk /dumb. But she looks gorgeous.
Anyway... SUPEr excited for this. I feel like the Ariana song (assuming it's fun/upbeat) is the one that's going to get the most attention despite not being the lead, especially on streaming.
Do we know if she worked with Greg Kurstin on this record?
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