Love For The Holidays – by Kristy Love Brooks, is an album of holiday songs, some of which are her own Christmas compositions, balanced with some popular classics, recorded in her own exciting and very unique way. She steps up big on both counts and delivers a gift that will go far with producer extraordinaire, Felton Pilate, at the helm. Twelve consistently great tracks mingle together for an album that makes up for nothing else of this standard coming out this holiday season.
It covers the vernacular of gospel, pop, rock and R&B in the process of compiling the old with the new which also sound like classics to meet the rest.
“Joy To The World” is an obvious choice for any such set of holiday tunes, with Brooks and company keeping it close to the original but with their own sound applied for a modern-day version that should be heard for years to come.
You don’t get this quality of artist, musicians and producer every day, and they made it count. It leads well into “Love For The Holidays” with the Christmas experience being the auto-pilot for this song. She makes it sound so easy, as if you’re right there in the room by the fire as you hear it, and it’s a fabulous song in every sense of the word.
“Go Tell It On The Mountain” is well-known as a Christmas carol because its original lyrics celebrate the Nativity of Jesus. Most people have known some version of it, dating all-the way back to 1865. It’s born again on this take of the song, as it leaps up and becomes practically brand new because of how good she delivers the vocals, backed by the chorus provided. An entire review could go to this one track, if that doesn’t indicate how good this CD is. I’m glad I heard it because I love this version and can’t get enough of it. Play it over and over, because it never gets old, even though it’s a traditional song.
The next original track is “Nature’s Lullaby / Color My World” and it’s an amazing audio experience that sounds not unlike a symphony. And that’s just the sparkling music, not including her voice which sparkles with equal sheen.
The best way to describe it is to recommend it along with the rest of these gems, and that’s worth every letter of appreciation for this magnificent release. Most of the other originals all include “Christmas” in the title, including “That’s What I Want For Christmas,” “Give Me Love For Christmas” and they’re all spectacular songs of her own, written for this special CD.
“Just One Look” is another original, but clearly also written for this, as it too centers around Christmas, but it’s a marvelous love song instead of being Christmas carol-style. It gives Brooks more room to shine on one of the best tracks on offer, and showcases her versatile singing talent.
It’s a great selection of traditional songs she picked, with “Silent Night” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” making appearances before it’s over, and “All Over The World” keeps you excited till the very last second. Everything about this album is great, and the originals will last as-long as her versions of these holiday treats.