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This Christmas Import

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 9 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Motown
  • Run Time: 40.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000021XQ2
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
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1. If Every Day Could Be Christmas
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
5. Oh Holy Night
6. This Gift
7. Little Drummer Boy
8. Christmas Wish
9. Silent Night
10. Ave Maria
11. This Gift (Pop Version)

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Attention teenage girls: As vocal guy bands go, 98 Degrees sing and snap their fingers with the best in contemporary pop. And while This Christmas is not as engaging or musically adventurous as other holiday albums from vocal tour de forces such as the Persuasions, Take 6, or the Blenders, it is a respectable, if predictable, seasonal effort targeted to their teen audience, chock full of standards and three radio-friendly originals. Those include two versions of "This Gift," a Christmas version that merely adds some sleigh bells and a pop version, sans bells. Their a cappella reading of "Ave Maria" shines above all else, with soaring four-part harmonies in a stirring, awesome arrangement. But just when you think these adolescent heartthrobs have climbed the stairway to heaven, they follow up "Maria" with that cliché-riddled lyrical and musical toss off called "This Gift" (the pop version). Talk about not having your (sequencing) priorities straight. --Martin Keller

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Format: Audio CD
Quite ironically, this Christmas album comes in my opinion as the best done by this group yet.
Alright...to be fair, this is, without doubt, the best Christmas album I've ever bought (and I've bought quite a lot over the years). I am a big fan of Christmas, and a big fan of 98 degrees' vocals; put these two together, and you've got one disk that I play over and over and over - and I don't just mean around Christmas time.
Vocal-wise, "This Christmas" is simply wonderful. I've always admired this group's powerful harmonies, and I found it here, fully developed. "Little Drummer Boy" was a lovely surprise for me - I've never liked the song until I heard it sang by Drew! It's my favourite of the whole, even though it's not fair to list favourites, as each song is unique and powerful in its own way. Even in "This Gift", the one song that does not deserve to be put on the same level as the others, you can still hear how much work the guys had put into their vocal arrangements and expressions.
So, if you go for lovely old Christmas traditionals done in beautiful renditions, you must, MUST possess this album. Now, if this talented group would just select more challenging songs to interpret, they would be able to surpass this album. Unfortunately, "Revelation" failed my expectations...hopefully, though, 98 degrees will continue rising!
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Format: Audio CD
Alright, personally, i am not a big fan of the boy band world. However, i fail to see how this group can be classified under that pariticular category. I have listened with an honest ear to this band ever since their first album. I can honestly tell you that this group has major potential at being one of the most soulful and talented bands out there. However, they have gotten a little off track. As far as individual voice talent has gone, they all have improved. Stylistically, there needs to be a little bit of a reformation. I think that they should follow their instincts instead of what girls of the age of 12 are screaming for. Looks and high-pitched sound can keep you in this business for only so long. You need talent to stay. This cd, even with its lack (not totally lack but...) of r+b style, has been one of their greatest accomplishments yet. There sound is pure and delightful. They can touch the soul with songs like O Holy Night. They deserve respect but will earn more from peers as well as fans if they follow what they truly believe is good music. This cd, by the way, honestly, is worth every penny.
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By A Customer on Dec 22 1999
Format: Audio CD
The guys did an amazing job with their Christmas album. The songs that they chose were fabulous-I just wish they had added more tracks to it. Their harmonies are, as always, perfect. All the guys were able to show off their voice capabilities. We got to hear Drew sing "Little Drummer Boy" and Justin sang a few solo parts throughout-especially on "The Christmas Song." Justin showed that his voice ranges from viking- deep, to a rather high note (I don't sing, so I can't describe his voice correctly. I just know it sounds amazing. The variations in his voice is so cool). Nick, of course, exercises his R&B soulful voice and left me in awe in "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." And Jeff, what can I say, the guy has an awesome voice. He goes from falsetto, to fairly deep, and I especially loved him in "O Holy Night." I don't even like to sing a long because I like to hear just the guys' voices, and, well, my voice ruins it if it's not loud enough. =)That song brought tears to my eyes, it was so beautiful. "This Christmas" is a very classy album with the beautiful traditional Christmas songs sung by 4 extremely talented young men. I have been listening to it nearly every day since Oct. 19th-the day it came out, and I'm still not tired of it. It's definitely an album anyone with an appreciation for singing could listen to over and over again and any time of the year. I highly recommend "This Christmas" to everyone. It truly is "undescribably beautiful."
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Format: Audio CD
I loved this CD from the first time I heard it, when I got it 4 days before it even officially came out, and up to now. I loved the jazzy, romantic, and Motown feel of the entire album. Each and every song in the album makes you warm all over and puts you in a bright, yet spiritual, Christmas mood. The songs have great harmony, great musical instruments, great arrangements, and great voices.
My personal favorites, although I really love all of them, are: "Ave Maria" -- acapella at its finest, not to mention that this was done in Latin! "Little Drummer Boy" -- I never liked this song until I heard this version. Drew and Jeff gave the song the romance and jazz feel that it needs to be enjoyed. "If Everyday Could Be Christmas" -- Wow! A 98 Degrees original that is sure to become an instant classic. "Oh Holy Night" -- Jeff's high, expressive voice is simply perfect for this very solemn, spiritual song. It almost felt like he was reaching up to heaven while he was recording his verses. "Christmas Wish" -- a poppy Christmas treat that one can groove to; a special treat for those loyal 98 Degrees fans because Jeff co-wrote this with his best friend, Matt Fechter.
98 Degrees has simply created their best album to date with this one. It's a Christmas album that has something for the young and old at heart. The classics were treated with such spirituality, yet so romantic. The originals, which are the poppier songs, stayed consistent with the album by having the same great harmony and vocal style that has become 98 Degrees' trademark.
If there was ever any doubt before that 98 Degrees doesn't belong in that boyband category, then this is it.
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