One Wintry Night
Label: Word Records
Certain voices were made to breathe magic of Christmas into the season's music -- Steve Green, Sandy Patty, Barbara Streisand (in her own words "ironically") on her one, perfect Christmas LP. Phelps does this, whether it's Xmas party pop ("One Wintry Night"), the hypnosis of bare vocals ("O Come Emmanuel") or joyful power ballads like "The Singer" which stirs up more peace and worldwide love than the best Coke commercial. Some arrangements jump from cliche to peculiar, but Phelps makes every moment vocally worthwhile. It's very Christmas Eve.