ReJoyce: The Christmas Album

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ReJoyce: The Christmas Album
Studio album by Jessica Simpson
Released November 23, 2004
Recorded 2004 Sony Studios and The Hit Factory (New York City, NY)
Genre Pop, holiday
Length 38:53
Label Columbia
Producer billymann, Chris Rojas
Jessica Simpson chronology
In This Skin
(2003)
ReJoyce: The Christmas Album
(2004)
A Public Affair
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly D+[2]

ReJoyce: The Christmas Album is the fourth studio album by American pop singer Jessica Simpson. Released by Columbia Records on November 23, 2004. The album features cover versions of popular Christmas songs, it includes a duet with her sister, Ashlee Simpson, on the song "Little Drummer Boy". Additionally, it also includes a duet with Nick Lachey, Simpson's husband at the time, on "Baby, It's Cold Outside". The cover of Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" is notable, as Simpson has said that Amy Grant is one of her favorite recording artists and her role model.[3] Its singles are "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" and "What Christmas Means To Me" (although no accompanying video was produced); the song "O Holy Night" has a video.

ReJoyce: The Christmas Album was released after Simpson's most successful studio album of her career In This Skin (2003). The album has sold 669,000 copies in the United States, as of February 23, 2009, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in January 2005. Rejoyce has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

Critical reception[edit]

The album garnered generally positive reviews from music critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewin editor of Allmusic, said: ReJoyce: The Christmas Album, never approaches the old-fashioned manners implied in the title and instead wallows in the big, brassy, over-the-top spectacle of show biz. Rejoyce is a Christmas album that sounds like it was recorded at a Las Vegas revue. It's filled with showstoppers and grandstanding, relying on the tried-and-true seasonal classics while offering a couple of new songs almost as an afterthought. It's bright and incessantly cheerful, always seeming loud even during its quietest moments because the music itself is bold and brassy. While she sounds a little too breathy on occasion, Simpson acquits herself well on the record, and the entire enterprise will surely please her fans, particularly those who like her persona just a little bit better than her singing.

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at #16 with sales of 152,000 copies sold in its first week.[4] The album later made a peak at #14.[5] As of February 23, 2009, the album has sold a total of 669,000 copies[6] in the U.S and has been certified Gold by the RIAA.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"   Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne billymann 2:01
2. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"   Mel Tormé, Bob Wells billymann 4:02
3. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (duet with Nick Lachey) Frank Loesser billymann 2:47
4. "O Holy Night"   Adolphe Adam billymann 4:10
5. "The Little Drummer Boy" (duet with Ashlee Simpson) Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone billymann 3:39
6. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"   Tommie Connor billymann 3:07
7. "What Child Is This"   Traditional billymann 3:55
8. "What Christmas Means to Me"   George Gordy, Allen Story, Anna Gordy Gaye billymann 3:00
9. "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"   Chris Eaton, Amy Grant billymann, Chris Rojas (add.) 5:38
10. "It's Christmas Time Again"   billymann, Lachey, Rojas, Jessica Simpson billymann 3:12
11. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (featuring Tye Tribbett and GA) Felix Mendelssohn billymann 3:12

A Special Limited Edition Christmas Collection EP[edit]

A Special Limited Edition Christmas Collection
EP by Jessica Simpson
Released September 14, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop, Christmas
Length 25:53
Label Columbia Records
Producer Billymann

Simpson 's first EP, titled A Special Limited Edition Christmas Collection, is packaged with the ReJoyce: The Christmas Album deluxe editions that are available exclusively on her official music store.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow"   Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 2:01
2. "The Little Drummer Boy" (duet with Ashlee Simpson) Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone 3:39
3. "O Holy Night"   Adolphe Adam 4:10
4. "What Christmas Means to Me"   George Gordy, Allen Story, Anna Gordy Gaye 3:00
5. "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)"   Chris Eaton, Amy Grant 5:38
6. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"   Felix Mendelssohn 3:12
7. "Angels (Acoustic Version)"   Guy Chambers, Robbie Williams 4:05
Total length:
25:53

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
Billboard AC
2004 "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" 20[9]
"What Christmas Means to Me" 8 [10]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004–2012) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Holiday Albums 2[11]
U.S. Billboard 200 14[12]
U.S. Billboard Catalog Albums 30[13]

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