Lauryn Hill "A Cradle in Bethlehem" (Nat King Cole cover)

Lauryn Hill "A Cradle in Bethlehem" (Nat King Cole cover)
It's Christmas, and Lauryn Hill has given her fans a special gift in the form of a cover of "A Cradle in Bethlehem."

This tune was popularized by Nat King Cole in the '60s, and Hill gives it a modern update without straying too far from its soulful roots. The vocalist's tender vibrato is backed by soulful, gospel-inflected backup singers, while the arrangement features clicky-clacky rhythms and watery tones, making for a festive soundscape that's simultaneously smooth and a touch fidgety.

Hear it below.