December 06, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it an A

A new-jack Christmas? Not quite, but 12 Soulful Nights of Christmas (Part 1) features songs by a wide range of soul artists — from vets like Chaka Khan and Gerald Levert to newcomers like Faith and Xscape — all of whom bring an earthy intensity to the season. It sounds like Christmas — only with smooth, subtly sexy grooves. A

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