Nelson Rangell – All I Hope For Christmas

All I Hope For ChristmasNelson Rangell
All I Hope For Christmas
(Koch – 2004)
by Ray Redmond

A CD filled with sweet and syrupy covers of Christmas classics, a great cover of Oh Christmas Tree and one original tune. All I hope for Christmas, penned by Rangell and keyboardist Alex Nekrasov, is a really nice track and begs the question of why there is so much elevatorish music here.

Reminiscent of some of Prince’s CDs at the end of his hated Warner contract, this CD seems to be filled with… well… filler. Nice and airy but a little insubstantial. Rangell fans will be satisfied, but considering the fact that most of us only buy a few holiday CDs, and only listen to those for a short time, there’s probably better fare out there.