A surprising holiday album from Linda Ronstadt
, who has chosen to include just a handful of standards and only one song in Spanish. The remainder of the tracks are traditional old English and Welsh Christmas songs, sung in Ronstadt
's familiar warm voice. Highlights include a brassy duet with Rosemary Clooney
on "White Christmas" and the contemporary "River," which sounds almost like the singer has been listening to a lot of Sarah McLachlan
. On the whole, A Merry Little Christmas
is a warm window into what Linda Ronstadt
considers to be her favorite songs of the season.