Faith Hill's first Christmas album is an uptown affair, rather than any down home celebration. Making this point from the very outset, the opening title cut features a full adult choir and orchestra. Furthermore, Hill is dressed for the ball in a beautiful red gown on the disc's front cover.
The first time Hill steers away from overly philharmonic-ready material, she heads straight for swing town with horns a plenty on both Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town. and Holly Jolly Christmas.
Everything is familiar, except for the single, A Baby Changes Everything. This fine new Tim Nichols, Craig Wiseman, K.K. Wiseman song offers up a meaningful play on words. In the literal modern sense, each time a baby comes into a home, the whole family dynamic is completely rearranged. But to give it a more spiritual application, the Baby Jesus also changed the world in a big way with his arrival approximately 2000 years ago. Hill attacks this song's lyric with a full force vocal gale, which is further augmented with the added wind power of a gospel choir. And all throughout, Hill sounds just as classy as she looks.