This is the second Christmas album from the American Idol Season 5 graduate, the track listing being as follows:
1. This Christmas 2. Warm Me Up 3. Jingle Bells 4. A Very Merry Christmas 5. Little Drummer Boy 6. Back Door Santa 7. The Christmas Song 8. Merry Christmas, Baby 9. Let's Be Naughty (And Save Santa the Trip) 10. Christmas Without Carol
Mathematically speaking, My Kind of Holiday = Sounds of the Season: The Elliott Yamin Holiday Collection + Back Door Santa + Christmas Without Carol
In other words, if you already have the Christmas album he released last October (2007), you already have eight of the tracks on this album. The new tracks are "Christmas Without Carol", which he co-wrote, and the suggestive "Back Door Santa", written by Clarence Carter back in the 60's.
I'm not too sure that the latter belongs on the same album as "Jingle Bells" and "Little Drummer Boy", and I just don't get the warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling when I hear: "I make all the little girls happy, while the boys are out to play I ain't like the old Saint Nick, he don't come but once a year"
Anyway, if you don't have the previous album, and you're a fan of funky, R&B Christmas music, this may be a good album for your collection. Yamin is obviously comfortable with bluesy rhythms, and he has the voice to carry it off. Of the non-traditional tracks, "Warm Me Up" is the pick of the album.
Nine good tracks for the season, and recommended for AI fans who don't yet have the previous album.
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