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John Legend: A Legendary Christmas

Words by GLORIA BRANCATISANO

Perfect Christmas listening.

After working in retail for years, carols fill me with a certain sort of dread.

But surprisingly, this is a ridiculously enjoyable listen. John Legend’s velvety vocals are perfect for delivering Christmas tunes. There are true-to-form takes on yuletide classics like ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and ‘The Christmas Song’ – both of which show off the singer’s warm vocals perfectly.

But it’s when Legend lets loose, like on the upbeat reimagining of ‘Silver Bells’, that we truly see him in full flight. Each track covered is executed beautifully, but it’s in the six originals that we have to pick and choose more selectively.

‘No Place Like Home’ has the potential to return to playlists year after year, and ‘Bring Me Love’ with its sweet Motown feel is another standout, fitting perfectly with the album’s feel. But ‘Wrap Me Up in Your Love’ deserves a hard skip. Overall, Legend’s silky-smooth vocals make for perfect Christmas listening.

This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 186. You can read it here.

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