Bad Girls Need Christmas, Too
By Tray Butler
Christmas, With Love (Simco Limited)
While Clarkson flirts up classic Motown, Leona Lewis goes all the way with her much-anticipated holiday effort. The “Love” in the title must be Darlene Love, whose bouncy 1964 interpretations of “Winter Wonderland” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” Lewis replicates with fanatical accuracy. Two infectious new songs—“One More Sleep” and “Mr. Right”—channel The Shangri-Las and countless other sister acts, returning to the perennial theme of December loneliness due to be sated on Christmas Day. (When did Santa become such a pimp?) Another original, “Your Hallelujah,” doesn’t immediately sound like a Christmas song, but it’s a spare and powerful reminder of the dismissed diva’s original X Factor star power.