One of the Best Christmas Albums of 2011
On â€œThe Christmas We Hoped For,â€ Texas-based indie singer-songwriter Vanessa Peters serves up a fresh, yet accessible collection of Christmas songs. Most are familiar tunes, but a cover of the Weepies â€œAll That I Want,â€ and Peters original title song are highlights. Peters has a strong, appealing voice, and she approaches her material in a direct, unpretentious manner. She gets creative on â€œThe Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,â€ reinventing it as a German carousel song. It works! Peters has excellent taste in covers. Her â€œAll I Want For Christmas Is Youâ€ is not a cover of the overexposed 1994 Mariah Carey song, but of the Vince Vance and the Valiants tune that came out in 1993. â€œAll That I Wantâ€ is an underappreciated gem, and Peters version might be better than the original. It might be an indie release, but with high-end production by Rip Rowan and featuring Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Joe Reyes, â€œThe Christmas We Hoped Forâ€ sounds like a major label project.