Get in the hol­i­day mood with Diana Ross, John Leg­end, more

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DIANA ROSS “WON­DER­FUL CHRIST­MAS TIME” (UME/ROSS RECORDS)

Are you in the mood for jolly, sin­ga­long Christ­mas mu­sic? Diana Ross has you cov­ered. Look­ing for some­thing more serene, with re­li­gious tones? Diana Ross has you cov­ered. Or are you look­ing for in­spi­ra­tional mu­sic that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have any­thing to do with the hol­i­days? Again, Diana Ross has you cov­ered. Her new Christ­mas al­bum, the 20-track “Won­der­ful Christ­mas Time,” may ac­tu­ally have a track for every mood of the sea­son with the ex­cep­tion of the bah-hum­bug crowd. Ross’ silky, smooth so­prano takes on a wide va­ri­ety of songs, from “Ave Maria” to “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let it Snow!” She also goes out­side the Christ­mas arc with songs about peace and love, like Ste­vie Won­der’s “Over­joyed.” While there’s some­thing for ev­ery­one here, the down­side is the lack of co­he­sive­ness: Even though “What the World Needs Now” is given a sweep­ing, clas­si­cal ap­proach, to go from that to “Amaz­ing Grace” is still a bit of head scratcher, de­spite a near seam­less tran­si­tion. Of course, it’s a small quib­ble, like com­plain­ing that you were of­fered too many pie op­tions at the hol­i­day meal. In the end, you’ll be deeply sat­is­fied. — Nekesa Mumbi Moody

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