Pat Boone

White Christmas [Universal]

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The spirit of the holiday season is expressed with respectful good taste on this collection which blends the traditional and contemporary. Pat Boone applies his mellifluous straightforward style to good advantage without resorting to hoopla, gimmickry or superfluities of any kind. The result is an album which is distinctly uplifting and 180 degrees from bland. These qualities are especially impressive on the traditional carols which Boone delivers with power, potency and conviction -- free of stridency and vanity. There is as well a quiet confidence and optimism which is noticeable even on the lighter numbers. Pat Boone's fine handling of both types of songs seems to spring from a sense of inner peace and goodwill. This feeling is conveyed, in turn, to the listener and received almost unawares. "Jingle Bells," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Silver Bells" and the other lighter fare are a delight to the senses as they spontaneously conjure up images of Christmases past. The traditional carols, timeless in their grace and purity, are tendered with reverence.

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