Bad Girls Need Christmas, Too

12.24.2013

By Tray Butler

Nostalgia reigns in these six new holiday albums

Barbra Streisand
The Classic Christmas Album (Sony Legacy)

Bad news, Babs fans. These 16 classics may be as gorgeous as ever, but they’re second-hand roses. The new compilation rounds up keepers from Streisand’s untouchable “A Christmas Album” (1967) and “Christmas Memories” (2001). With most performers, a mishmash of recordings separated by three decades would make for a holiday horror story. Not for Barbra, whose million-dollar vocals melt like buttah on material old and new. Admittedly, the ’60s flashbacks are the main event. “My Favorite Things” evokes the best of Dame Shirley Bassey’s Bond themes, while the lyrical tour de force of “Jingle Bells?” could be the soundtrack for a mid-winter amphetamine binge. Guilty pleasures? More like evergreens.

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