Tamar Braxton's 'Sleigh Ride' puts you in holiday spirit

08:36 AM, Dec 17, 2013

Tamar Braxton has a kickin' Christmas album. (Dave Kotinsky/ / Getty Images)/


TAMAR BRAXTON

WINTER LOVERSLAND. I know it is considered a sacrilege against Christmas music not to enjoy “Sleigh Ride.” Well, I’ve never cared for that tune. Until now. Yes folks, Tamar Braxton (Toni’s sister), has a funky R&B rendition of “Sleigh Ride” that made me listen to the tune and attempt to sing along. The holiday vibe heats up with a breathy version of “Santa Baby.” Braxton’s voice is solid as is the beautiful piano accompaniment in “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Braxton moves out of the holiday spirit and into the land of the lovelorn in the powerful ballad “She Can Have You.” There is a lot to like about this 10-song CD. It is officially added to my holiday music rotation.

SHEILA RAYAM