Bad Girls Need Christmas, Too


By Tray Butler

Nostalgia reigns in these six new holiday albums

If nostalgia warms a room (in a delusional sense), is it any wonder that the chilly winter holidays rely on the same ancient Yuletide carols year after year? The familiarity of the songs ramp up their comfort-and-joy factor.

Many of this season’s holiday releases cheekily rock around the Christmas tree in a “new” old-fashioned way, skipping the standards in favor of originals engineered to emulate the mid-’60s girl-group sound. With Darlene Love as the year’s spirit animal, the best of the new albums belt forlorn romance to the rafters. Who needs nostalgia to heat up a room when Santa brings you Mr. Right?

From Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis to Mary J. Blige and Barbra Streisand, here's six of this year's albums to help you spread the Christmas cheer.