Reuniting for a Christmas album six years after their 2004 comeback California, Wilson Phillips are in fine 1990 form on Christmas in Harmony. Much of that may be due to the presence of producer Glen Ballard, who produced their eponymous ’90s smash (and co-wrote much of it too, including “Hold On” and “You’re in Love” ), and he gives Christmas in Harmony the same bright, cheerful sheen as Wilson Phillips. He’s so successful at re-creating the early-‘90s vibe that the album could be mistaken as a relic from 1992, but that’s a plus: anybody looking for a Wilson Phillips holiday album will want something that sounds like their classic hits, and so this does, turning everything from “Silver Bells” and Roy Wood’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” into crisp, clean, adult contemporary pop. Perhaps it’s not a Christmas album for everyone, but for those who want Wilson Phillips sunnily harmonizing for the holidays, Christmas in Harmony will satisfy.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine