Wrapped in Red

Wrapped in Red

by Kelly Clarkson


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If American Idols are ready for anything, it's that industry standard, the Christmas album. It is to Kelly Clarkson's credit that she waited a decade to deliver a seasonal platter, but 2013's Wrapped in Red is worth the wait; a testament to her confidence as an interpreter. Generally, the 14 songs here emphasize Clarkson's skills as a full-throated diva -- the arrangements are bold and brassy, as is her delivery -- but when the tempo slows and the arrangements scale back, she's perhaps even more alluring, turning "Blue Christmas" into a sweet fireside crawl and effortlessly overshadowing the overmatched Ronnie Dunn on "Baby It's Cold Outside." Clarkson's selections favor the bold -- there aren't many carols here, these are primarily secular holiday tunes, and she doesn't resist Vegas glitz, giving "My Favorite Things" a bit of a gaudy makeover -- but she fares well in this setting, always sounding like the strongest element in the mix. Perhaps the concept and execution are conventional, but even in this utterly expected setting, Clarkson retains her fiery, individual spirit, and that's what makes Wrapped in Red appealing: to the letter, it delivers what it promises.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888837374125
catalogNumber: 373741
Rank: 14157

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kelly Clarkson   Primary Artist
Kevin Dukes   Guitar
James Gadson   Drums
Greg Kurstin   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Strings,Drums,Keyboards
Roy McCurdy   Drums
David Ralicke   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Mellowphone
Frank Abraham   Bass
Aaron Redfield   Drums
Lasim Richards   Trombone
Sean Erick   Trumpet
Kevin Williams   Trombone
Chaun D. Horton   Drums
Leon Silva   Saxophone
Regiment Horns   Horn
Joseph Trapanese   Conductor
Gabriel Noel   Bass

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Cathy Dennis   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Ronnie Dunn   Vocal Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
David Ralicke   Horn Arrangements
Gene Redd   Composer
Jason Halbert   Vocal Producer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Imogen Heap   Composer
Ashley Arrison   Composer
Marvin Brodie   Composer
Shane McAnally   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Hanes   Engineer
Kelly Clarkson   Composer
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Aben Eubanks   Composer
Narvel Blackstock   Management
Jesse Shatkin   Programming,Engineer
Matt Coles   Vocal Engineer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Meghan Foley   Art Direction
Olivia Waithe   Composer
Jay W. Johnson   Composer
Satoshi Noguchi   Engineer
Bill Hayes   Composer
Joseph Trapanese   Orchestral Arrangements
Peter J. Wolhousky   Composer
Julian Burg   Engineer

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Wrapped in Red 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although her new tracks don't sound very much like Christmas songs, they're snappy and peppy and I like them.  I wasn't terribly impressed with some of the classics that she covered and don't really care for Silent Night being made to sound like a country song.  All in all, it's just OK for me. I did like 8 of the 14 tracks enough to put them on my iPod.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it, I loved her remakes of the songs, Favorite Things, Run, run Rudolph, & Bells will be ringing(my favorite blues song for Christmas, especially this year.=)) Her version of Slient Night will bring a tear or two to your eyes. I loved her new songs, 4 Carats and Wrapped in Red, I happy for her she found love and someone who loves her for her. Her Blue Christmas is a beautiful version of the Elvis Presley Hit. Any pop fan, even adult pop fans from the TRL era will love this album. True not all the songs are "christmasy" enough but it is made for parties, dances, and people who love pop and R&B music like they listened to in their youth. Enjoy my recommendations below.
Robdesign More than 1 year ago
Kelly Clarkson shines on this album, from her dominant duet with Ronny Dunn on "Baby It's Cold Outside" to the haunting version of "Silent Night" with country superstars Reba and Trisha Yearwood. These plus some awesome new songs make this the holiday CD of the season.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago