ALBUM REVIEW: Darius Rucker “Home For The Holidays”

Darius Rucker on his Home For the Holidays album:

“I’m hoping it’s one of those records that people just love. I want fans to love it and play it for their kids. I’m hoping that there’s some kid who is two years old today, and when he’s 14 and they ask him what reminds him of Christmas, he says, ‘The Darius Rucker Christmas record.’ That would be awesome!”

His Broadway-sounding, fun take on “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” should bring smiles to faces across the generations. Bringing people of all ages together is exactly what he did on this song – his three children sing back up vocals. The classic wintertime duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” features Sheryl Crow. They also can be heard together on “Love Without You” from his “True Believers” album.

Darius’ silky smooth vocals channel his inner Frank Sinatra on classic covers such as “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow“. While Frank’s career began in the big band swing era, he topped Billboard’s male singer polls in the early 1940s – his jazz music popular with teenage girls.

Candy Cane Christmas” modernizes the ‘Sinatra’ sound. The tune, co-written by Darius, Frank Rogers (who produced the 12-track album), and Steve Leslie, was originally recorded in 2009 for the Now That’s What I Call Christmas compilation. “What God Wants for Christmas” looks at the holiday from a higher perspective. Darius and Frank co-wrote the song with Monty Criswell about God wanting us to believe in Him as He believes in us and to no longer see dust on bibles.

Donna Block

Donna Block

I’ve been privileged to write album reviews for Got Country Online since 2012. John Berry,John Michael Montgomery, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alan Jackson their music caught my ear, their lyrics caught my heart. Country music is my go-to, whether my day is great or not. I love to crank up old and new tunes, kick back and enjoy!

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