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Released: 5th November 2001.

Destiny's Child - 8 Days Of ChristmasNormally I can't cope with Christmas albums until nearer the time... and then only in moderation. I bought this one at the end of November though, and have played it many times since. Those who bought the repackaged "The Writing's On The Wall" will know one or two tracks, but the rest is well worth a listen too.

Personal highlights include the title track (which won't be a single in the UK) and the echoey vibe of "Winter Paradise", which, although with a much slower beat, is reminiscent of "Happy Face" from the "Survivor" album. I also love Michelle's arrangement of "Oh Holy Night", the original version of which is a favourite of mine, as performed by the late, great Nat King Cole. The heavenly harmonies of "Silent Night" are also not to be missed!

The album offers a chance to hear Beyonce's sister Solange, (who is about to be launched as a solo artist in her own right) most notably on the bonus track "Proud Family".

All round, a worthwhile buy, certainly for Destiny's Child fans, but also if you are looking for a Christmas album that won't be getting on your nerves by the time the great day arrives!

* * * * (Janet Valentine)

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