Album: Steps, Light Up the World (Warner)

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The Independent Culture

The joke, surely, is over now. We may have chuckled indulgently with the cheesepop quintet's super-successful reunion tour, but allowing them to put out a Christmas album is a bridge too far.

A handful of festive standards padded out with a handful of wet ballads, Light Up the World is a predictably insipid, pulse-free affair, and they ought to be arrested on the spot for even thinking about covering Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)".