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Kelly Patterson

November 28, 2016
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Tony award winner, Leslie Odom Jr., has released on of the most exquisite Christmas albums in recent memory. It contains an eight song track list appropriately titled, Simply Christmas. There are no bells and whistles here; simply a pure, crisp and elegant delivery of some of the most classic holiday tunes. The album is a perfect dinner party accompaniment with songs ranging from Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and 2008’s “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson to a stunning version of the Carpenters’ “Merry Christmas Darling.” Most of the songs primarily feature the Broadway stars rich voice with a simple piano arrangement and minimal acoustic guitar, horns and drums that feels so cozy and warm that it could turn the sternest Grinch into a fan. It is simply a beautifully and incredibly well-done album!