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Various Artists

Still Believing In Christmas – 2006 (Seasong)

Reviewed by Brian Wahlert

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This is a collection of 15 new songs, mostly by artists who were once somewhat famous, but haven't had a recent hit. It's of interest primarily as a way to hear voices that you likely haven't heard in some time.

Lorrie Morgan opens with "Merry Christmas to Me." With a piano and strings backing her, Morgan sounds as good as ever on this self-written song. T.G. Sheppard contributes "Christmas in Mexico," a fun song with a tropical feel and steel drums. David Frizzell wrote and performs "Bethlehem," a pretty retelling of the Christmas story.

On the other hand, Tanya Tucker is hard to listen to on "Let It Snow!" - her playful spoken interjections are downright annoying. And Porter Wagoner, who adds "Happy Birthday Jesus," just doesn't sing well anymore. Other artists contributing tracks include Bill Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Gene Watson and Lynn Anderson.

This album is truly a "who's who" of "where are they know"-type performers. In that respect, it's novel. But purely judged on its musical merits, it's mixed at best.