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Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson

Is there anything Kelly Clarkson doesn’t sound great singing? She hops from dance anthems (“Stronger”) to breezy country-soul (“Don’t Rush”) and points between with ease.

So for her Christmas album Wrapped in Red, Kelly goes from full-on Darlene Love with Phil Spector in the original single “Underneath the Tree” and title track, co-penned by Shane McAnally, to a spectacularly soulful cover of “Blue Christmas” and a more traditional take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Kelly makes her country connections even clearer by bringing in Ronnie Dunn to duet on a jazzy version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” and then closing out the album with a breathtaking rendition of “Silent Night” with Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire, singing the final verse a cappella in triple harmony.

Wrapped in Red is a stylistic maverick, for sure, but the original tunes are worthy of sitting next to the standards, and when Kelly sings, it’s like Christmas all year round.

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