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Dwight Yoakam's work as an interpretive singer has been solid and, as far as Christmas music albums go, this one is informed with Yoakam's great vocal talents and a country band that can get these tunes to swing in any juke joint. The rumba of "Here Comes Santa Claus" is a tad forced, but Yoakam's good humor is in evidence. This album may lack thegravitasof his best work, but it shows that even a cowboy feels like kicking off his existential boots sometimes and getting down with standards from years bygone.--Rob O'Connor
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Label:  Reprise, Wea
Release Date:  September 16, 1997
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review by . December 18, 2008
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Blending his distinctive twang with standards such as "Away In A Manger" and pop Christmas tunes like "Run, Run Rudolph," Dwight Yoakam proves that even sophisticated country artists can make a cool Christmas album.    Yoakam spins the Bakersfield sound, soul, jazz and swing into songs like "Silver Bells," "The Christmas Song" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Guitarist supreme Pete Anderson tears up rockabilly numbers like "Santa Claus Is Back In Town." Along with the rest of …
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