Kylie Minogue unleashed her first ever Christmas album last year titled Kylie Christmas. A little over a year since that initial release, Kylie has released a revamped version, Kylie Christmas: Snow Queen Edition. Featuring all 16 tracks of the deluxe edition from last year’s album, adding 6 brand new recordings, all sprinkled with her joyful charm, this repackaged version is like a mini-greatest-hits album.
Fans will be happy to know that “Snow Queen” does not just come with the 6 new tracks, but also with revised artwork. Gone is Kylie on the sleigh (admittedly not her best cover), here she comes in a tinsel dress and stilettos while eating a Ice pop , like a true Snow Queen (there are even nicer pics in the booklet)!
This album is highly infectious and completely intoxicating. What’s not to love when you put Kylie and Christmas together in one stellar package. The choice of songs is excellent and Kylie is in top form vocally. A pretty, great mix of classics and newly-penned festive songs, with Kylie doing on here what she has been doing all along, sticking to her fun and frothy formula.
But the best reason for getting this album is the songs. Kylie’s mellow delivery on more subtle numbers is truly magical. The new tracks are sequenced throughout the original track list rather than tacked on at the end. They work perfectly with the original tracks and add that extra bit of festive cheer. I’m still a big fan of 100 Degrees with Dannii Minogue and Kylie’s take on ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year’, both of which were on the original Kylie Christmas release.
Kylie showcases her soulful voice in renditions of classics (Let it Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Most Wonderful Time, Winter Wonderland). Kylie’s rendition of Rozalla’s 1991 smash “Everybody’s free (To feel good) will blow you away and make you beg for just a bit longer drum break. The new tender winter heartbreak ballads (Only You, Stay Another Day) Make you want to curl up on the couch beside your Christmas tree and reflect on the holiday season.
“Kylie Christmas-Snow Queen edition” is another sparkling Kylie release. Merry Christmas, everyone, ’tis the season to be jolly! Other highlights from the record include a fun cover of The Waitresses’ hit Christmas Wrapping with Iggy Pop, a very sexy take on Santa Baby, and a memorable version of Connie Francis’ I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter.
Kylie Christmas: Snow Queen Edition is a worthwhile reissue and it packs plenty of new songs on to the 2015 collection. ”Snow Queen” is bold, fun and camp as…well Christmas. I have literally no idea what else you would want at this time of the year!