OK, let's slow things down just a bit. It's time to lay back and let the sultry voice of Emilie-Claire Barlow help set the mood for the season.
Barlow, a Juno-nominated jazz vocalist has a voice that is as smooth and sexy as fine silk, and she wraps it around a selection of Christmas material well-suited to jazz stylings.
Barlow starts off the CD with What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? a song which might have been written as a jazz tune it fits so well. Add to that songs such as Winter Wonderland, Santa Baby, Baby, It's Cold Outside and I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, and you see this singer knows how to pick material perfect for her genre, and for her voice.
This is a joyful CD. It's about smiles, a fun frolic in the snow as we await Santa's arrival. Barlow does a superb job of creating a mood piece rich in the season, and true to her jazz roots. Often performers who put out Christmas albums get away from their music style, and simply do seasonal songs that don't give much of what fans have gotten to know the performer for. Well if you like Barlow as a jazz singer, you will like her jazzy Christmas. For her this CD may be for the season, but it's still all about the jazz too. A job-well done.
This one is way too much fun – wait until you hear the instrumentation on Sleigh Ride -- not to recommend. Check it out at www.emilieclairebarlow.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 12, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada