Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Label: Mary J Blige PS
Produced by David Foster, this album sticks to the standards, and wisely avoids trying to offer a new holiday standard. But Blige takes plenty of risks, from tackling the French number "Petit Papa Noël" to going one-on-one with Barbra Streisand (with Chris Botti accompanying them) on "When You Wish Upon a Star." There's a daffy, Vegas-styled cabaret version of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and some enthusiastic ad-libbing on "This Christmas." Gospel greats The Clark Sisters guest on "The First Noel," and Blige duets with Jessie J on "Do You Hear What I Hear?"