Nothing says Yuletide more emphatically than an American A-lister ripping into seasonal standards with the dial cranked to "joyous".
The tracklisting is orthodox – classics, new co-writes and one true leftfielder in Imogen Heap's Just for Now – but Clarkson takes the view that Christmas is as much about wistfulness and unfulfilled wishes as it is unbridled joy.
The self-penned title track has her mustering the courage to "risk it all" with someone who may well reject her; on Please Come Home for Christmas, her voice cracks most affectingly on the line "There'll be no more sorrow".
Underneath the Tree is a disappointingly obvious copy of Mariah Carey's hysterical All I Want for Christmas Is You, but fails to impair the enjoyment.
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