Sunday, November 16, 2014

CD Review: New Christmas Necessities From Home Free And "Grumpy Cat Christmas"

The internet sensation "Grumpy Cat" is being featured in the Lifetime Original movie "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever" which will air on November 28th. The movie's soundtrack was released on November 11th and it features ten holiday classics and a few new original songs. The soundtrack opens with one of the more recent holiday songs, "It's Hard To Be A Cat At Christmas," performed by Cats Across America. The song's uptempo rhythm and fun lyrics sets the stage for the light-hearted feel of the entire album.  The soundtrack breathes new energy into the Christmas classics with updated versions of "Sleigh Ride," Jingle Bells" and "Deck The Halls" performed by KT Tunstall, The Brian Setzer Orchestra and Chris Mann respectively. The new songs featured on this release are performed by newcomers House Of Breaking Glass with "Worst Time Of Year" one of the stand-out tracks of the album with lead vocals by Shaprece. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy keep the energy going with the quick-pace of "All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)," before the holiday staple "White Christmas" performed by Johnny Reid. The album closes with the instrumental performance of the "Grumpcraker Medley" and the quick, one-minute complaint-filled "A Very Grumpy Christmas," both songs performed by House Of Breaking Glass. To find out more about "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever," please visit

American country vocalists, Home Free, winners of Season Four of NBC's "The Sing Off," have released their first holiday album, "Full of Cheer," on October 27th through Columbia Records. The five members use their talents to bring new life to some Christmas classics as well as adding the original title song "Full of Cheer," which will have you up on your feet dancing. The album also features two guests, Canadian country star Kira Isabella lends a hand to the playful "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and violinist Taylor Davis sends chills down your spine with the heartwarming delivery of "Silent Night." The boys also like to have fun, playing around with the verses of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" and show their love for facial hair with "Hairy Christmas." They showcase their vocal talents in their countrified version of the holiday classic "White Christmas" and the emotional "I'll Be Home For Christmas." The album also features bonus tracks, including a three-song Christmas medley and a live version of "Colder Weather" from "The Sing-Off Tour." Home Free will be hitting the road on November 30th for a ten-date "Full Of Cheer" tour. For a complete list of show dates and to find out more about Home Free and their latest release "Full Of Cheer," please visit

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