Twelve Songs of Christmas The underrated R&B singer brings both sass and class to expected yuletide favorites on Twelve Songs of Christmas . Etta James has been cutting sides… Twelve Songs of Christmas The underrated R&B singer brings both sass and class to expected yuletide favorites on Twelve Songs of Christmas . Etta James has been cutting sides… Etta James Holiday R&B
Music Review

Twelve Songs of Christmas (1998)

EW's GRADE
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Details Lead Performance: Etta James; Genres: Holiday, R&B

The underrated R&B singer brings both sass and class to expected yuletide favorites on Twelve Songs of Christmas. Etta James has been cutting sides since before Aretha, yet time hasn't dimmed her talents. Unlike the glut of Whitney wannabes, James doesn't use her miraculous voice to grandstand. As a result, her versions of overdone standards like ''Silent Night'' ooze passionately with old-school soul — and that's no small gift. A

Originally posted Dec 04, 1998 Published in issue #461 Dec 04, 1998 Order article reprints