Gospel, soul & acoustic sounds from singer's roots revive a set of traditional holiday songs.
As quietly as making angels in the snow, the soulful Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno has gone and recorded a praise-worthy Christmas album that could well become a Latin holiday classic.
On Posada, released in the U.S. on indie label Cosmica, Moreno blends her love of gospel, soul and piano jazz with acoustic sounds from her Central American roots to revive a set of traditional holiday songs.
Moreno digs into standard Spanish-language hymns with fervor, delivering a hallelujah-worthy "El Niño del Tambor" and bringing a little naughty to "Peces en el Rio" in a revved-up cabaret version of the children's Christmas classic. On an album that includes English and German-language lyrics, the singer seduces with a retro "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" set to brushed drums. Moreno and her band add some honky tonk to "Go Tell It on the Mountain."