Carly Simon

Why Carly, why? Making a name for herself in the 1970s as o­ne of the music industry's most prominent singer/songwriters, Simon has gone and sullied her name by releasing this ill-fated collection of schlock for your stocking. Strumming away o­n her guitar for this compilation of both well known odes to X-Mas (ie: "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Have Yourself a Merry, Little Christmas") and melodic yet forgettable originals ("Heaven" and "The Land of Christmas"), the disc will sit as well with listeners as a glass of tainted eggnog. While the Burt Bacharach duet "White Christmas" does garner a few hearty chuckles, the "You're So Vain" performer does anything but embody the holiday spirit. As a performer, Simon still shows vocal range throughout the album, however her musical talent is wasted with this cheap, Bing Crosby imitation. Knowing that Carly can do much better than this, fans cannot help but be disappointed with the artist's latest effort. It is almost unimaginable that a performer as gifted as Simon could have listeners begging for a lump of coal under the tree instead of this stinker.