Homeamarcord - Coming Home for Christmas

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amarcord made a pops album this Christmas that is best viewed as a soundtrack from what is probably an extremely engaging holiday show. In a vacuum, without stage charisma or personal context, this recording's successes are far more murky. The songs are all over the map not just in terms of origin, which is this disc's official theme, but also in terms of style and mood and execution. This diversity would be fun in a concert hall, and once I figured that out I enjoyed the album much more, but before I came up with this framework it just sounded like a great big well-sung mess.