Celine Dion: These Are Special Times (xmas)

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Label: SONY
Catalog: CK069523
Format: CD

1. O Holy Night 2. Don't Save It All For Christmas Day 3. Blue Christmas 4. Another Year Has Gone By 5. The Magic Of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone) 6. Ave Maria 7. Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) 8. The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 9. The Prayer 10. Brahms' Lullaby 11. Chirstmas Eve 12. These Are The Special Times 13. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 14. I'm Your Angel 15. Feliz Navidad 16. Les Cloches Du Hameau

It's almost impossible to believe it didn't already exist, but now that it does, you can bet the sure-to-go-platinum These Are Special Times will turn up under many a Christmas tree this year (the perfect gift for the person who has everything?). The prolific princess of pop has thrown together a mixture of contemporary and traditional holiday favorites, bordering on too-cute and kitschy only on the intro to "Feliz Navidad." For many, Dion is an acquired taste, but even naysayers may enjoy her rare moments of restraint on a smoky version of "Blue Christmas." "The Prayer," a duet with Andrea Bocelli, is set to become this season's "Time to Say Goodbye," but it will have to battle it out with the R. Kelly duet, "I'm Your Angel," first. --Rebecca Wallwork

Price: $11.98