Cher – Christmas (2023) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Cher – Christmas (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:13 minutes | 468 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Warner Records

Christmas is the upcoming twenty-seventh studio album by American singer Cher. It will be released on October 20, 2023, through Warner Records. It will be her first album of original material in ten years, following Closer to the Truth (2013), as well as her first Christmas album.

Never underestimate Cher. Somehow this unstoppable chanteuse, who has been making solo albums since 1965, had never released a Christmas album until now. In typical Cher fashion, it’s a glossy, super-produced session that covers all the styles she’s mastered over the years, while also cannily touching some familiar bases of Christmas music. The splashy, catchy by-the-numbers dancefloor filler, “DJ Play a Christmas Song,” a creation of six songwriters, rightly puts her booming vocals front and center. Darlene Love, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé Cyndi Lauper and Tyga are an impressive guest list with each appearing on a track. While the Tyga and downbeat Bublé tracks are forgettable, Stevie Wonder adds a trademark harmonica solo and a heartfelt laugh to “What Christmas Means to Me.” Opening with the bells heard in the original version, Cher leans into a bravura take of Charles Brown’s classic blues plea, “Please Come Home for Christmas.” She slays another early classic, digging into “Run Rudolph Run,” proving again that she has few equals as a pop singer as she deftly swings through Chuck Berry’s brilliant lyrics: “Said Santa to a girl child, ‘What would please you most to get?’/ ‘A little baby doll that can cry, sleep, drink and wet’/ And then away went Rudolph, he was whizzin’ like a Saber jet.” A convincing replica of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound hovers around “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” which features Darlene Love, who sang lead on the gold standard 1963 version on Spector’s nonpareil A Christmas Gift for You. Cher gives a credible run at Eartha Kitt’s slinky hit, “Santa Babyn” and a cover of The Zombies “This Will Be Our Year,” is an effective, non-seasonal closer. Hitting many of the right notes with plenty of sparkle, Cher’s first Christmas outing is an instant classic. – Robert Baird

1-1. Cher – DJ Play A Christmas Song (03:29)
1-2. Cher – What Christmas Means To Me (with Stevie Wonder) (02:35)
1-3. Cher – Run Rudolph Run (02:53)
1-4. Cher – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) [with Darlene Love] (02:43)
1-5. Cher – Angels In The Snow (02:52)
1-6. Cher – Home (with Michael Bublé) (03:44)
1-7. Cher – Drop Top Sleigh Ride (with Tyga) (03:20)
1-8. Cher – Please Come Home For Christmas (02:55)
1-9. Cher – I Like Christmas (02:59)
1-10. Cher – Christmas Ain’t Christmas Without You (02:55)
1-11. Cher – Santa Baby (03:21)
1-12. Cher – Put A Little Holiday In Your Heart (with Cyndi Lauper) (03:07)
1-13. Cher – This Will Be Our Year (02:14)


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