It’s here! Gwen Stefani’s fourth solo and debut holiday album You Make It Feel Like Christmas is now available worldwide.
You Make It Feel Like Christmas is an unexpected and delightful surprise from Gwen which features six classic covers and six original holiday tracks that may soon become staples on their own. Gwen collaborated again with This Is What the Truth Feels Like songwriter Justin Tranter and for the first time with genre-crossing writer/producer Busbee for the album. The album credits also reveal that You Make It Feel Like Christmas was executive produced by Gwen herself along with Busbee. Eric Valentine also served as producer and was mixed by Dave Clauss at Lula Recording in New Jersey.
Being huge fans of holiday music previously, we have secretly been hoping for an album like this either from No Doubt or Gwen herself and we were not disappointed. Her mix of traditional and unique flair shine through on all of the covers — especially standouts like “Last Christmas” and “Santa Baby”. The tone of the album may be more mellow than most fans are used to from Gwen and her vocals are nothing short of spectacular on tracks like “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells”.
When Gwen shared that she had been working on new music earlier this year after just releasing Truth in 2016, fans were encouraged by her inspiration and excitement was already bubbling for what she had planned next. Gwen announced You Make It Feel Like Christmas late last month and it’s great to see six new and original songs on the album which features another notable and buzz-worthy duet with muse and beau Blake Shelton. The title single has been mostly a hit with critics and the fan community and is a perfect mix of modern doo-wop and holiday swing which blends well into the album’s sound. Strings and horn arrangements can be heard throughout which harken back to the classic ’60s sound of The Supremes and The Ronettes.
Even though You Make It Feel Like Christmas feels like a traditional holiday album for the most part, Gwen didn’t shy away from her personal voice. Her lyrics throughout on her original songs are honest with love, truth and faith being an integral theme. Songs like “Christmas Eve” and “When I Was a Little Girl” are really touching and her delivery is as strong as ever.
As well as executive producing and co-writing, Gwen also served as Creative Director for the album. She teamed with photographer Jamie Nelson again and the album’s artwork features Gwen all glammed up in festive gowns with a vintage feel throughout. The classic tinsel Christmas tree and old-fashioned wrapping paper motif (provided by Hallmark Archives) is fitting and seeing little Apollo by her side in one of the main shots is adorable. Gwen dedicated the album to her three boys and wished everyone a Merry Christmas with a kiss.
You Make It Feel Like Christmas is a slightly different direction for Gwen but her takes on Christmas classics and holiday-inspired tracks is something right on track for her personally. She feels like she’s in such a positive space with her family and career and we’re incredibly proud of her. The album is solid and we’re excited for the unique opportunities and promotional buzz that the era could bring.
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You Make It Feel Like Christmas Track Listing and Lyrics
Jingle Bells (cover) / Let It Snow (cover) / My Gift Is You / Silent Night (cover) / When I Was a Little Girl / Last Christmas (cover) / You Make It Feel Like Christmas / Under the Christmas Lights / Santa Baby (cover) / White Christmas (cover) / Never Kissed Anyone with Blue Eyes Before You / Christmas Eve
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Make sure to pick up the album and check out a sneak peek at the Target exclusive edition available now that features a hardcover booklet including personal family holiday photos as well as Gwen in the studio recording and on photoshoots for the album.
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) October 6, 2017