Riding high on success, Darius Rucker comes Home For The Holidays!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
I normally stay away from country and let us get real, Rucker went country to jump start a career that had stalled out. But...Home For The Holidays hits all the necessary marks with all but a couple of songs familiar to most listeners. One of the surprise tunes may well be "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch." The other tunes you know including "Winter Wonderland" and a charming duet "Baby, Its Cold Outside" which is a winner with Sheryl Crow.
A bad review on a Christmas release is a sure ticket to hell and I would like to avoid that, at least as long as I can. Some of the arrangements are a bit simple to the point of being tedious but overall there is little to grind on here. A nice addition to any collection. Smooth and unpretentious, Merry Christmas!