Carol of the Bells a.k.a Opera of the Bells
Label: MUSIC WORLD MUSIC/COLUMBIA
Destiny's Child's 8 Days of Christmas is all sex and family, family and sex, bling and church. Then again, sexy family values were always the beloved girl-group's ethos. The ladies bring their glittering, wholesome swagger to everyone from Rudolph to the Little Drummer Boy (taking the family part literally, with a cameo from B's sis Solange Knowles). The title track drives the album's mood home ("On the eighth day of Christmas my baby gave to me/ A pair of Chloe shades and a diamond belly ring"), but their hip-hoperatic take on the classics (especially "Opera of the Bells") sells it.