Country singer Brett Eldredge is making a convincing case to be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey when it comes to Christmas music. In 2016 Eldredge released ‘Glow’, his first collection of Christmas songs, which he re-released as a deluxe edition in 2018 with additional tracks. Mixing in the occasional original song with a number of festive favourites, Eldredge opted for the classier approach to Christmas music enlisting a full concert orchestra to back him. Three years on from the deluxe edition of ‘Glow’, Eldredge is releasing his second Christmas album ‘Mr Christmas’, just in time for the holidays.
For ‘Mr Christmas’, Eldredge has taken a similar approach to ‘Glow’. He’s worked once again with producers Rob Mounsey and Jay Newland, and he recorded the album in a New York City studio surrounded by an orchestra. ‘Mr Christmas’ features 9 cover versions and 2 original songs, and it should really be considered as a continuation of what Eldredge started on ‘Glow’. Opening with ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, Eldredge immediately transports you back to the golden age of the big band as his velvety voice wraps around the festive classic and the orchestra behind him wows with their stunning instrumentation.
That classy feel runs throughout the record and it’s actually hard to pick out the originals from the classics. There are two new tracks here – the title track ‘Mr Christmas’ and ‘Feels Like Christmas’ – and as with the original on ‘Glow’, these songs sound like they’ve been around for years. ‘Mr Christmas’ is a feel-good track that is as festive as it is uplifting, making it perfect for the Christmas season while ‘Feels Like Christmas’ has a laidback bluesy feel that brings to mind open fires, mulled wine and festive spirit.
Elsewhere on the album Eldredge digs into his bluesy side for ‘Merry Christmas Baby’, makes ‘Jingle Bells’ sound classier than it ever has before, and has some fun on his soulful rendition of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’. Eldredge’s version of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ is one of the highlights on the record and it really gives his voice a chance to shine over a light-jazz arrangement. Closing track ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ is another standout with Eldredge stripping things back so his voice steals all of the spotlight – and good lord what a voice he has.
‘Mr Christmas’ is another fantastic festive release from Eldredge who is fast becoming my go-to for music during the holidays. What sets him apart from every other artist making Christmas music is that his passion for these songs and the authenticity of these versions really stands out. This isn’t a quick cash-grab for the Christmas season, this is a labour of love to celebrate the songs that Eldredge grew up on, and was inspired by. Every bit as addictive as ‘Glow’, ‘Mr Christmas’ will be on heavy rotation in my house this year.
Track listing: 1. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2. Mr. Christmas 3. Merry Christmas Baby 4. Jingle Bells 5. God Red Ye Merry Gentlemen 6. I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day 7. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 8. Cool Yule 9. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town 10. Feels Like Christmas 11. O Come All Ye Faithful Record label: Warner Music Release date: 22nd October 2021 Buy ‘Mr Christmas’ now