Rejoyce: The Christmas Album

Music review by
Tony Hicks, Common Sense Media
Rejoyce: The Christmas Album Music Poster Image
Not bad, but not an instant classic either.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

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

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bymaccheeselady December 8, 2009

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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 April 18, 2009
Teen, 16 years old Written byScrumdidilyumptious April 9, 2008

Good, but not great..

The new Simpson cd is pleasurable and fun but calling it great would be an over-statement. I recommend it for everyone...

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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