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Just in Time for Christmas
Just in Time for Christmas
By Pam Tillis

Stellar Cat Records: 2007

This review first appeared in Turbula in December 2007.

Part of country royalty (she's Mel's daughter), Pam Tillis' first-ever Christmas album is loyal to her and her father's country roots, but also contains huge swaths of jazz and classic pop. Running through mostly familiar territory on the 10 tracks here, Tillis' warm yet feathery voice lends new charm to old favorites like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Christmas Waltz," "Pretty Paper" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." Less-familiar seasonal songs like "Beautiful Night" and "Light of the World" providea a nice freshness. And a special moment comes when her dad joins her for a medley in the round of "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."