Alan Jackson - Let It Be Christmas
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Let It Be Christmas (Arista, 2002)

Alan Jackson

Reviewed by Brian Wahlert

Alan Jackson's second Christmas album is a major departure from 1993's unabashedly country "Honky Tonk Christmas" and indeed, from his style in general. This time around, he's turned away from songs like "Please Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)" and instead recorded a much more traditional Christmas album, with 10 standards and only 1 Jackson original, performed with an orchestra and choir.

"Away in a Manger" is a delight - the arrangement builds from a simple piano backing Jackson to a grandiose orchestral crescendo. The Jackson-penned title track is also a highlight, with a beautiful melody and simple, joyful lyrics. Jackson's come a long way from "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," when all he wanted was "to pick this guitar and sing." Now he sings in front of a full orchestra, and the results are good, although they don't quite measure up to the near perfection of "Honky Tonk Christmas."

CDs by Alan Jackson

Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story, 2015 Angels and Alcohol, 2015 The Bluegrass Album, 2013 Precious Memories Vol. II, 2013 34 Number Ones, 2010 Freight Train, 2010 Good Time, 2008 Like Red on a Rose, 2006 Precious Memories, 2006

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