Twelve Girls Band

Twelve Girls of Christmas

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A pleasant holiday album that could have been a very exciting and fun one, Twelve Girls of Christmas comes alive during the up-tempo numbers but dryly delivers the slower ones to the point of wallpaper. Hearing more recent, pop songs like Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and George Michael's "Last Christmas" played on traditional Asian instruments is a treat since it's what Twelve Girls Band do best, but the arrangements of "The First Noel," "Silent Night," and other chestnuts are uninspired, suggesting the band has much more of an attachment to the pop of their time than sentimental Western favorites. Lighter numbers like "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" and "Jingle Bells" are approached playfully with the Twelve Girls showing off more at faster tempos. Speedy, light material suits this talented spectacle that has always been more of a thrill ride than a "band." There's just enough of it to make Twelve Girls of Christmas worthwhile for fans.

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