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  • Summary: The third holiday album for the a cappella quintet features guest appearances from Kelly Clarkson and Maren Morris.
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  • Record Label: RCA
  • Genre(s): Pop, Vocal, Holiday, Pop/Rock, Stage & Screen, Holidays, Christmas, Show Tunes, Acappella
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Making Christmas
Da-da-da Da-da-da This time, da-da-da, this time Making Christmas Making Christmas (ooh) Making Christmas, making Christmas Is so fine It's ours... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 21, 2018
    70
    Offering a combination of Christmas classics and songs like the winter-themed "Sweater Weather," originally by pop group the Neighbourhood, and "When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt, high-profile guests include Maren Morris and Kelly Clarkson.
  2. Dec 21, 2018
    63
    Some listeners may find the meticulous arrangements a tad sterile by the end, but Danny Elfman’s “Making Christmas” brings a welcome bit of edge to the project.
  3. Dec 21, 2018
    60
    Refreshingly, Christmas Is Here! is the least antic of its holiday albums, with a patient “Where Are You Christmas?” and non-asphyxiating moments of expanding the holiday canon, including a cover of the Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather.” ... It’s jolting when more lustrous, nuanced singers arrive for duets--Maren Morris on “When You Believe” and, most strikingly, Kelly Clarkson, warm and robust on “Grown-Up Christmas List.” But they are a temporary dam: The Casio-preset vocals are an unstoppable torrent, and these eerie, plastic songs may well make Pentatonix the Mannheim Steamroller of the 2030s, the 2050s, maybe even the 2110s.
  4. Dec 21, 2018
    58
    To their credit, they aren’t phoning in all the song choices. ... They also score points for being among the first, if not the first, to determine that Danny Elfman’s slightly sinister “Making Christmas,” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” bears consideration for the Xmas canon. ... Now, the docked points: Even guest Kelly Clarkson can’t redeem the eternally schmaltzy “Grown-Up Christmas List.” And “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is the 11 billionth version of Brenda Lee’s classic to not rock.