My Kind of Christmas is a Christmas album and the third studio album by American
pop singer Christina Aguilera, released in 2000 (see 2000 in music).
While "The Christmas Song" was recorded during her debut album sessions,
all of the other songs from My Kind of Christmas were recorded while Aguilera
was on tour in mid-late 2000. The album was recorded at the same time as Aguilera
was recording her Spanish-language album Mi Reflejo—the albums were released one month apart.
The album sold well, going platinum in the U.S. and selling over three million copies worldwide.
"Christmas Time" was shipped to radio in mid-November 2000 and served as the first
(and only) single to be released off the album, though not receiving any video treatment.
Ironically the track "Merry Christmas, Baby" entered the Billboard Hot Ringtones
at number thirty-eight in December 2007.
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine allmusic
Christmas appeared on the shelves two months after Mi Reflejo, Christina's Latin reworking of her
debut album. My Kind of Christmas actually has more new material than Mi Reflejo, and Aguilera
responds in kind, turning in passionate performances throughout the 11-song album.
She can teeter on the edge of being too passionate, belting out when she should lay back,
but the power of her voice, no matter how diva-esque she may be, remains remarkable;
she needs to learn restraint, but she's clearly a better singer than her peers. Of course,
My Kind of Christmas remains a holiday album, filled with covers of standards
(from "Oh Holy Night" to "The Christmas Song" to "Merry Christmas, Baby") and a handful of
obligatory new songs. None of the new songs are knockouts, but "Christmas Time" and "This Year"
are pretty solid pieces of dance-pop, even if the marvelously titled "Xtina's Xmas" (easily the
best name of any new holiday song of 2000) is a 90-second collage trifle that doesn't
live up to its promise. But, hey -- filler is part of a holiday record, and there's actually not
too much of it here. Instead, it's pretty tight, entertaining seasonal dance-pop. It may not add
too much to Christina's catalog, but it does suggest that she may not be a mere one-album wonder.
1. (04:02) - Christmas Time
2. (04:14) - This Year
3. (04:03) - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4. (04:11) - Angels We Have Heard On High
5. (05:44) - Merry Christmas, Baby
6. (04:50) - Oh Holy Night
7. (04:31) - These Are The Special Times
8. (04:02) - This Christmas
9. (04:25) - The Christmas Song
10. (01:32) - Xtina's Xmas
11. (04:01) - The Christmas Song [Holiday Remix]
Playing Time.........: 00:45:34
Total Size...........: 315.24 MB