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Trisha Yearwood


It wasn’t just holiday cheer that prompted country starlet Trisha Yearwood to serve as the token crooner at the Clintons’ White House tree-lighting ceremonies: Yearwood’s new Christmas album, The Sweetest Gift, just hit the bins. Yearwood renders Gift‘s material in a variety of moods. There’s the religious Yearwood (“Little Jesus Boy” and “Away in a Manger”) as well as the bouncy one (Sammy Cahn’s “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let it Snow!” and Lieber & Stoller’s “Santa Claus Is Back in Town”). Longtime Yearwood fans might be disappointed by the lack of traditional country coloring. The title track, oddly enough, is the one cut that makes no mention of Santa or Baby Jesus or even Christmas. Instead, “The Sweetest Gift” tells of a devoted mother’s visitation to the penitentiary to see her “erring but precious” son before she dies. Dead mothers, loser sons, prisons: Now that’s country music!