Rejoyce: The Christmas Album

Common Sense Media says

Not bad, but not an instant classic either.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Love your family, have a nice holiday.

Violence & scariness

Not even Grandma getting run over by a reindeer.

Sexy stuff

None, even if Simpson is trying to look a bit too pouty on the cover.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a clean, snow-white holiday record, dedicated to Jessica Simpson's late grandmother.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Yes, Jessica Simpson is overexposed. But tween girls love her, and this CD may help your kids get in the holiday mood. It's better than listening to them complain about how you listen to those old guys Nat King Cole and Gene Autry. Simpson's voice, pep, and sincere sweetness have always been her strong points, and this is a natural outlet.

Is it any good?

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Some of the arrangements can be irritating, with Vegas-style glitz inserted into some of the classics. Making "O Holy Night" into a slow jam didn't work as well as she wanted, but nevertheless gives a contemporary spin that might connect well with younger family members. Her duet with ex-husband Nick Lachey on "Baby It's Cold Outside," is too cute, but also offers a full, more understated voice to Simpson's occasional lack of subtlety.

The CD's other duet, "The Little Drummer Boy," features Simpson's sister Ashlee doing little more than offering a lower harmony, while Jessica turns it into an epic. She does that quite often, going from breathy little girl to power-diva in "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus." Not bad, but she seems to have something to prove vocally on songs that don't always lend themselves to the approach. But it's the holidays, and some of the brassy arrangements, coupled with Simpson's abilities will appeal to kids and help keep this CD in the family collection well after this year.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about interpreting songs. Play versions of these by other artists, and talk about how they compare.

Music details

Artist:Jessica Simpson
Release date:November 23, 2004
Label:Columbia
Genre:Holiday
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous December 19, 2012
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9
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These song are PG just to know.

The Christmas songs I saw mommy kissing santa claus & Baby is cold outside is inside the sex Circle. Kissing wow.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 11 year old Written bymaccheeselady December 8, 2009
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7
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good ole christmas songs

love it! love her! different spin on some old favorites...put it on in the car and drive around with the kiddies and some hot chocolate and look and the holiday lights!
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Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 April 18, 2009
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