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Ingrid Michaelson: Songs for the Season

WORDS BY GLORIA BRANCATISANO

A traditional approach.

Recorded with a full 35-piece orchestra, Ingrid Michaelson’s first holiday LP is, for the most part, a quintessential Christmas cover album.

While this year’s releases are brimming with contemporary reworkings, Michaelson’s take sounds like it could be straight out of the ’50s. Opener ‘Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter’ sets the tone for the album – its poppy-jazz is carried by Michaelson’s silky, warm vocals.

The record is cosy and tender, draped in big-band horns, twinkling strings, and bright backing vocals. The guest spots are perfectly matched – be it harmonising with Christina Perri on ‘White Christmas’, crooning alongside Will Chase on ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’, or her Grace VanderWaal pairing on the R&B-tinged (and most contemporary moment) ‘Rockin Around The Christmas Tree’.

If you like your Christmas tunes more traditional, we’ve found your match.

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 186. You can read it here.

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