Chicago

With a career, dating back all the way to 1967, Chicago has made a name for themselves as o­ne of the most successful American rock bands of all time. After the release of their two-disc greatest hits collection last year, CD buyers have proved that Chicago is still the place to be. Realizing that the boys haven't lost their marketability, Rhino Records has decided to re-release their 25th studio album, a collection of Christmas ditties. Along with all of the original disc's traditional tunes ("Little Drummer Boy", "White Christmas", "Silent Night" and "Feliz Navidad" are o­n there), this re-issue contains 6 bonus tracks including "Winter Wonderland" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" for the kiddies. While the album can't help but be hokier than a shopping mall Santa Clause, if you are going to subject yourself to o­ne X-Mas album this holiday season, you might as well make it this o­ne. The band's jazzy takes o­n these well known jingles are as flavorful as grandma's fruitcake, but in a season where every artist o­n earth (no matter what their religion) is releasing a holiday album, at least this o­ne is (somewhat) edible.

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