Since we are being treated to some delicious sneak peeks before this album releases officially on December 7, I thought it would be a good idea to begin separate threads on the songs, as we hear them with the RPO. I'll kick off some thoughts on Merry Christmas Darling. -- The strings and additional instrumentation sound fresh, without overwhelming Karen's vocal or being so different as to be distracting from the original. -- The differentiation between Karen and Richard's voice at the harmonic end (together with added strings) is striking to me, something that seems more of a blend in the other mixes. -- This is so far superior to the dreadful 1992 version, even though the piano does appear to have been rerecorded on this track. Overall, I think this version is strong. The arrangement is crisp and Karen's voice sounds clearer than ever. I've been listening on my Sonos and I'm in awe.