Caillat's Christmas in the Sand


Colbie Caillat 

Christmas In The Sand
Universal Republic
Producer: Various
Score: 8 out of 10

The pop songstress may declare “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in a charming duet with Gavin DeGraw, but otherwise she’s all super-sunshiny and Cali-centric as she offers Christmas to the millions who live in climes without the glistening treetops. Particularly playful is the notion of “Santa in his bathing suit,” taking a break from his duties on the title track. While many will focus on Caillat’s appealing duets with Brad Paisley, Justin Young and Jason Reeves, what stands out is the cool, free-flowing way her dusky vocals interpret secular classics––and the songwriting strength of the four originals which fit snugly alongside tried and true songs that are somehow fresh through her sunswept eyes.

By  Jonathan Widran