“A Very Kacey Christmas” holiday album by singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves is a delight.
The Texan Quebe Sisters provide fiddling and harmonies on “Let It Snow” and “Mele Kalikimaka” giving the songs a modernized, harmonized 1950s vibe.
Musgraves sings the classic Christmas standards including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Christmas Don’t Be Late” and “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” in a feisty lilting voice, although the strength of the album lies in the four songs she wrote and produced, “A Willie Nice Christmas” featuring Willie Nelson, “Ribbons and Bows,” “Christmas Makes Me Cry” and “Present Without a Bow,” the last of which sounds like a Christmas classic already.
There are a two children’s songs, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, ” of which I initially did not care for,but have grown to like as the renditions are fresh. I even find myself singing the silly Hippopotamus song in my head throughout the day.