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Holiday For Swing is Seth MacFarlane's second studio album that was released on September 30, 2014 by Republic Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 3:04
  2. Christmas Dreaming 2:50
  3. I'll Be Home For Christmas 3:55
  4. Little Jack Frost Get Lost (featuring Norah Jones) 2:36
  5. Snow (From White Christmas) 3:02
  6. A Marshmallow World 2:16
  7. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? 5:00
  8. Baby, It's Cold Outside (featuring Sara Bareilles) 3:01
  9. Mele Kalikimaka 2:36
  10. Warm In December 3:19
  11. Moonlight In Vermont 4:02
  12. (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag 2:46
  13. The Christmas Song 4:18

Album BackgroundEdit

On May 15, 2014, it was announced that Seth MacFarlane had completed his first Christmas album and that it would be released in time for the 2014 holiday season.

The album was recorded between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve 2013 in Los Angeles, California and in studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

In an interview with Billboard, MacFarlane explained why the album was recorded during the holidays nearly one year before its release:

"Generally with a holiday album, you find yourself making the recordings during the summer or any time but Christmas, with this one we actually lucked out. Part of it was because we didn't want to bump up against the production schedule for Ted 2, which is not an ideal time to be recording anything with 12 to 15 hour days shooting a movie. It worked out nicely, and it was just a pure joy to do."

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Holiday for Swing" peaked at #51 on the Billboard 200, #3 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart, #8 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart and #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Holiday for Swing" received mostly positive reviews from music critics upon its release.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated the album three stars out of five and states: "Apart from the ever so slight notion that he's singing with a wink borrowed from Burl Ives -- a tell that gives away his status as a Gen-Xer weaned on Rankin & Bass holiday productions -- MacFarlane plays it straight, even when he's camping it up with Sara Bareilles on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Norah Jones is the other guest, singing on "Little Jack Frost Get Lost"), and this sincerity plays out in his favor."

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