Rick Springfield â€“ Christmas With You / 2007 Gomer / 15 Tracks / http://www.rickspringfield.com /
Of course, Rick Springfield is the mastermind behind the song â€œJessieâ€™s Girlâ€. This song was released a good twenty years ago and the catchiness of the song has been enough to keep Rick Springfield at least somewhat in the public eye since then. However, there has not really been a follow-up that has reached the level of fame as â€œJessieâ€™s Girlâ€, even if there have been a number of new tracks in the years that have followed. The last time that Springfield even approached the charts was in 2004, when eir single â€œBeautiful Youâ€ reached #28 on the United States adult contemporary charts.
â€œChristmas With Youâ€ is Springfieldâ€™s latest album, and features Springfieldâ€™s rendition of a number of Christmas classics. These Christmas tracks include â€œOh Little Town of Bethlehemâ€, â€œHark The Herald Angels Singâ€, and â€œIt Came Upon A Midnight Clearâ€. For those individuals that like hearing new Christmas and holiday-themed songs, there is one track present that will catch your interest: â€œChristmas With Youâ€, the discâ€™s first track, is an original and is dedicated to all of the troops that have fallen since the beginning of the Iraq war. While the current trend of stars doing a Christmas album has created a number of weak albums (Michael Boltonâ€™s comes to mind), Rick Springfield has been sufficiently distanced from the limelight for a long enough time that eir compositions and performances on here are solid.
Ey cannot rest on eir laurels any more, so the renditions of these songs are equivalent to a full time musician and their interpretations. Â Of particular note during â€œChristmas With Youâ€ is Springfieldâ€™s version of â€œCarol of the Bellsâ€. It is hard to screw up â€œCarolâ€, but the intensity of the title instrument is mirrored quite nicely in Springfieldâ€™s voice. â€œChristmas With Youâ€ has the strong songwriting and skillful instrumentation enough to possibly allow Springfield some time back in the limelight during the holidays. The song is memorable enough that I could even it becoming the next â€œChristmas Shoesâ€, which would ensure that individuals fired up the song any time the holidays drew near. Regardless, Springfieldâ€™s Christmas album shines brightly over any of those put forth by stars, whether current or musical. Give the disc a listen if you can stand the Christmas standards, and you will be shocked at how much Springfield has evolved over the years.
Top Tracks: Christmas With You, Iâ€™ll Be Home For Christmas