Hamilton devotees were sent into an early winter frenzy when it was announced that Aaron Burr himself, Leslie Odom Jr., would be releasing a Christmas album this month. Vulture is pleased to feed that frenzy even more by premiering “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” one of the tracks from the jazzy and soulful Simply Christmas. “People have been suggesting we record a Christmas album since the first album came out. We finally took them up on it,” Odom Jr. told Vulture about the album, noting it was a “challenging” process from start to finish. “These songs require a sincerity that I wasn’t prepared for going in. If it sounded false to me coming out of the speakers, it meant I hadn’t really dealt with the meaning or original intention of the tune. We started over a lot. But I love the record now.” Don’t hold your breath for a second holiday album, though. “I hadn’t really thought about it,” he explains. “I certainly recorded this one like it was a one-time deal; tried to say everything I had to say about what Christmas and the holidays mean to me. I’m very happy with it if this is indeed the only holiday album I ever record.” The album will be available on Friday, for all of your Hamilfriends and holiday-music enthusiasts alike.
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