Chicago could have just "phoned it in" and this would have been a good Christmas album. But, it is clear that the band put a lot of creative energy into this album, as described by band members in the liner notes. So, it really is a great album even if you just want a taste of what latter-day Chicago sounds like in the studio. It offers everything you would want from Chicago - great vocals, musicianship, and of course my heroes the horns! Plus, the arrangements are truly inventive. One additional note - why aren't Chicago in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame???