Concert preview: John Legend at Palace Theatre

Joel Oliphint

I like Christmas music, but I'm picky (get outta here “Santa Baby” and the majority of those Sunny 95 standards). On John Legend's new album, A Legendary Christmas (get it?), the R&B crooner partnered with producer Raphael Saadiq for a batch of old and new holiday tunes drenched in smooth, nostalgic horns and strings. Legend's voice is undeniably great, but the album as a whole is pretty dull. Still, expect the live version to trump the album. (Safe bet)

Palace Theatre

8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9

34 W. Broad St., Downtown

John Legend