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Reta Watkins – That Christmas Feeling

Reta Watkins
That Christmas Feeling
Suite 28 Records

“That Christmas Feeling” is one of the most festive holiday releases this season. It is full of traditional orchestration and jazzy vocals. Watkins even brings that jazzy flavor to the typically more contemporary “Mary Did You Know.” The new style takes a bit of getting use to, but it is quite original and it fits well with the overall soundtrack of the album.

One of my personal favorites is “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” as it stirs up fond memories of holidays past. It is for the reason specifically Watkins choose to pursue the opportunity to record this project. The song selection were inspired from her own holiday experiences.

From the festive “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” to the playful “Sleigh Ride” and the heartfelt “Behold Emmanuel,” “That Christmas Feeling” is one of the best new holiday offerings this season.

– Ken

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