LeAnn Rimes

One Christmas Chapter 1 – 2014 (Iconic Entertainment)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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LeAnn Rimes hasn't always been the most consistent album maker over the years, but there's no questioning the quality of her singing. Here gospel-y version of "Silent Night" on this Christmas EP, "One Christmas: Chapter," is truly a thing of beauty. Then when she sings a slow, soulful "Blue Christmas," which features that beautiful yodel in her voice, it should remind you of that wonderful Patsy Cline quality in her early recordings. "Someday At Christmas" is Rimes plea for Christmas to have a lasting positive impact on the world at large, in hopes that Christmastime will one day also be accompanied by world peace. It's a big, horn section-accompanied R&B number. Rimes ends the project with the big production version of "Carol of the Bells.

As an album, "One Christmas: Chapter 1" is about as creative as its title - which is not all that innovative. However, Rimes is a fantastic singer that sounds consistently wonderful throughout. You won't turn to this album to discover any contemporary and future classics; this is mostly the tried and true stuff. However, if you desire many of your all time favorites done well, this is a good go-to choice.