Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection

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Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection
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Studio album by Jewel
Released September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)
Genre Christmas
Length 39:44
Label Reflections
Producer Jewel, Steve Skinner, Joe Mardin, Robbie Kondor
Jewel chronology
Greatest Hits
(2013)Greatest Hits2013
Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection
(2013)
Picking Up the Pieces
(2015)Picking Up the Pieces2015

Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection is the eleventh studio album and second full-length Christmas album from Jewel, released on September 24, 2013, through Reflections Records.[1]

Background[edit]

Jewel released her first Christmas album in 1999. Joy: A Holiday Collection was a commercial success, receiving platinum certifications.[2] The announcement of a second Christmas album came on August 6, 2013. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal about recording another Christmas album, Jewel was quoted as saying "I wanted this record to have a resemblance to the first album. It’s a continuation of mood and spirit of that record, with the mood and feel of the album artwork with an image and tone that evokes that spirit."[3] According to her official website, the album "features country, folk-pop roots with a classical twist."[4]

Production[edit]

Let It Snow was recorded in 2013 and produced by Jewel, along with Steve Skinner, Joe Mardin and Robbie Kondor. Included with ten traditional holiday songs are two originals recorded for the album, titled "It's Christmastime" and "Blue Crystal Glow."[5]

Release[edit]

The album was released on September 24, 2013, and made available in several editions. The Target edition contains an exclusive track, "Deck The Halls." Bed Bath & Beyond and iTunes offer the deluxe edition, which includes four additional tracks.[1][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]

Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection has received mostly positive feedback from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic writes, "(the album) may not transcend the conventions of a Christmas album, but it also avoids the pitfalls and, on the whole, it's better than her first foray into seasonal song."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

As of August 2015, the album has sold 41,000 copies in the United States.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne2:23
2."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane3:28
3."Do You Hear What I Hear?"Noël Regney, Gloria Shayne Baker3:22
4."It's Christmastime"Jewel Kilcher3:41
5."What Child Is This?"William Chatterton Dix3:10
6."Panis Angelicus" 3:57
7."Blue Crystal Glow"Kilcher, Joe Mardin2:03
8."Sleigh Ride"Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish3:21
9."White Christmas" (ft. Vince Gill on guitar)Irving Berlin3:34
10."Silver Bells"Jay Livingston, Ray Evans3:43
11."The Christmas Song"Mel Tormé3:39
12."I'll Be Home for Christmas"Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram3:19
Total length:39:44

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic[10]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 43
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[12] 20
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Jewel". RIAA. Retrieved 2015-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Jewel Announces New Christmas Album 'Let It Snow'". The Wall Street Journal. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jewel Official Website Articles". jeweljk.com. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jewel Announces 'Let It Snow' Holiday Album". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Jewel Official Website Articles". jeweljk.com. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection - Jewel — Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - Let It Snow (Deluxe Edition) by Jewel". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection - Jewel - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jewel Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Jewel – Chart history". Billboard Top Holiday Albums for Jewel. 
  13. ^ "Jewel Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.