Christmas carols come in various shapes and sizes but for the most part they have rarely been accused of being smooth and sensuous. That was until some of R&B’s most talented artists got their snowy mitts on them that is. Keyshia Cole’s ‘Silent Night’ is ever so minimalistic save for some background cooing though it turns the old carol on its head towards the finish as Cole’s rendition veers into full-on gospel. Luther Vandross toes the line a little more on his ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)’ which is made all the more heart warming through the tinkling ivories throughout.
Mariah Carey was on a rich streak of form when she recorded ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, appearing as it did on her seminal festive LP ‘Merry Christmas’. The year was 1994 and with new song ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ setting the Christmas trees alight Carey also sprinkled her magic on one of the oldest carols we have. ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ is full of faith and devotion but is framed in a sparkling broadway presentation. It will send shivers down your spine if the icy temperatures haven't got there first!
Perhaps the oldest cover to be featured here comes from Al Green who throw everything at his rendition of ‘The First Noel’. This is one of the best R&B Christmas carols there is as Green takes the normally quiet and introspective carol and infuses it with an energy and vitality that many other renditions lack.
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