Ashanti's third studio album, "Ashanti's Christmas," is her most stripped down album to date. Instead of relying on background singers and loud beats, Ashanti recorded this album to capture the laid-back quality of Christmas music. My personal favorites from the album are her renditions of "This Christmas" and "The Christmas Song," as well as her originals, "Christmas Time Again" and "Time Of Year." If you're already a fan of Ashanti, then I'd highly recommend it. If you're looking for a Christmas CD with powerhouse vocals, then I'd recommend Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas." If you're looking for a Christmas CD to play when you feel like having some chill time, then check out "Ashanti's Christmas." Forget the comparisons--this CD deserves a chance to be heard.