What do Cee Lo, Blake Shelton, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John have in common? They all have new Christmas albums out and Tampa Bay Times music critic, Sean Daly and John Thomas gave us their reviews.
The following albums have been deemed the Weirdest Holiday Album of 2012.
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
This Christmas (Universal)
Welcome to the creepiest wing-ding of the season, hosted by melting wax statues of Sandy and Danny from Grease! Holy moly is this a freak fest, as ONJ and Travolta invite such pals as Barbra Streisand (what?), Tony Bennett (huh?!) and Kenny G (okay, that makes sense) for an altogether chummy bash that's as earnest as it is awesomely grotesque.
This one is destined to become a must-have cult classic, especially for the throwaway asides between the two pals ("Ha! Ha! Oh gosh, Liv, I really do have to go!"). At 64, ONJ still has that sweet, wispy delivery; as for Travolta, the 58-year-old speak-sings in a too-cool way, like Summer Nights at the old folks' home.
Oh, it's highly disturbing, but in its unknowingly campy way, it's also fun. Plus John Farrar, the man who wrote Grease hit You're the One That I Want, contributes a "sequel, I Think You Might Like It, a sorta country, sorta 70's sequel that has a certain dorky, square-dance-on-acid charm.
Proceeds from This Christmas benefit the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Center and the Jett Travolta Foundation. Oh, just buy it. You'll be mocking for a good cause!
See Sean Daly's full Christmas albums review on http:// bit.ly/ UG4MlY