Our queen Dolly Parton released her first holiday album in 30 years, “A Holly Dolly Christmas” on Oct. 2. Christmas is the best holiday hands down, and Parton is an icon, so I was ecstatic when I heard this was being released.
Let’s start with the positives of the album. The songs are all good, and I don’t think there are any that I would skip upon future listens of the album (other than one song featuring none other than Jimmy Fallon). There are so many different moods represented in the album through the different songs, but they all work together to cultivate a totally encompassing view of Christmas in the album.
I absolutely hate that Jimmy Fallon is featured on this album. I feel like he will just not go away. Any time something is released that I am excited about, he is somehow involved. He is not a singer, and I can’t take him being featured on Parton’s version of “All I Want for Christmas is You” seriously.
Conversely, Michael Buble being featured was a pleasant surprise. The voices of Parton and Buble go so well together and really put me in a Christmas mood when I listened to their song “Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas.” This song is certainly one that I would put on while decorating the Christmas tree and enjoying some hot chocolate.
I was also overjoyed when I saw there was a Parton original featuring Miley Cyrus on this album. The song they sing together, “Christmas Is,” is one of my favorites off of the album. It’s an original song and a nice reminder of what the holiday season is really about: kindness, compassion and love. It’s a refreshing song and one that I will likely add to my Christmas decorating playlist.
There is something for everyone on this album. Christmas and the holiday season mean so many different things to so many different people. There is likely at least one song that aligns with everyone’s view of Christmas time on “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”
“Pretty Paper” is probably my all time favorite from the album. Willie Nelson is featured on this song, which is his own original song, and it really adds to the feel of the song and album as a whole.
Overall, “A Holly Dolly Christmas” doesn’t necessarily offer anything new to the holiday music genre. It’s still great, though, and definitely gets across its message of hope and joy being found during Christnas and the holiday time of year.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Halloween as much as anyone and understand that October may seem early for a Christmas album release. However, I am more than happy to start listening to Christmas music early. This gives me plenty of time to perfect my Christmas playlist with new additions.
Parton’s new holiday album is available for listening on Apple Music, Spotify and other music services. Give it a download to get yourself in the holiday mood, or wait until Halloween is over if that’s more your style. Either way, you won’t regret listening to Parton’s newest Christmas music.
The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.