An Audio Diva Christmas: SWV's Special Christmas

Friday, December 16, 2011

Speaking of SWV....I've always loved these ladies.

No need to repeat the Dead Sea Scroll-esque list of R&B groups that emerged in the 90's, but it's a known fact, rule, law that SWV should always be in attendance whenever such conversations take place concerning that bygone era. Weirdly, SWV's last official album is their1999 holiday set, A Special Christmas, and while it's not the most expectant send-off, it's still a sweet and fun treat that has the trio focusing on revamping traditional cuts and modern classics, as well as making it a family affair as members of Taj, Coko, and LeeLee's family are present on various numbers.

Particularly like how they revived The O'Jays' "Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without The One You Love)" as well as their takes on "The Christmas Song" and "O Holy Night". A round of applause also goes to "White Christmas"---a song I was never that fond of---that became my favorite cut on here as I adore how they R&B-ed it up in a slick vibe. Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" is essential---every person who is card carrying Soul music fan knows this. While I worship at the throne of Hathaway, SWV's infectious take is one of the few covers of the track that I give a pass to. It's just so damn happy---and that's the kind of spirit that radiates through the rest of the collection, making A Special Christmas a real gift.

This Christmas

White Christmas

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