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Christmas, With Love

Christmas, With Love by Leona Lewis
Released: Dec 2013
Label: Syco Music
If nothing else, this X Factor winner's fourth LP is further proof of the lasting impact of Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift for You: Where former Idol winner Kelly Clarkson's recent Wrapped in Red opened with a pair of Spector-esque arrangements before surveying the range of acceptable holiday genres, Lewis's backing tracks resonate behind a wall of sound all the way through. Where "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" is particularly reverent, "Ave Maria," a nearly a cappella track that sounds as if it were recorded in a Gothic cathedral, breaks trend.
Nick Murray