Various Artists

Joy to the World: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares

A wildly scattered holiday collection, Delta's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas features ten tracks' worth of carols, hymns, and Christmas pop songs, including a scratchy-sounding recording of Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song," an overly dramatic reading of "Amazing Grace" by Joan Orleans, and Gino Vannelli's version of the Italian carol "Parole Per Mio Padre." It's not so much that the album's individual tracks are bad as it is that the collection tries to combine too many musical styles; Bing Crosby's "Deck the Halls" works well with "The Christmas Song," but both of those songs sound out of place with Vikki Carr's version of "What Child is This?," which in turn sounds off-kilter next to the Vienna Boys' Choir's "Silent Night" and the International Children's Choir's "Frosty the Snowman." Unless you're looking for a particular version of a Christmas song included here, it's probably better to pass over Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas for a more focused holiday album.

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