This Christmas Import
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|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)|
THIS CHRISTMAS MUSIC
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Plastic wrap is not intact on what is supposed to be a new item. But since bought as a gift to replace an old copy, have to wait to see condition once they open it.Published 17 months ago by Ian McPhee
The only songs I appreciated were This Gift and Christmas Wish, which were orginals, and very good. The others were all so different in styling, they clashed. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2002 by Nordeqka
These boys prove that talent is a gift from God and they've gotten that gift. Their exquisite harmonies and gorgeous voices just make this album absolutely brilliant. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2002 by Janet Morris
1. If Every Day Could Be Christmas 5:04
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 4:36
3. Christmas Song 4:08
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas 2:04
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This is a very listenable Christmas record for all ages, not just the teenage fans. The traditional carols are sung with feeling and reverence, while the newer ones do have actual... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001 by Neal Reynolds
This is a very god effort as boy band CDs go. The guys do a good job with about half the tracks, but there are a few that kind of drag down the feeling of CD and leave you... Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2001
I love 98 degrees i have been a fan for a very long time!i have to say this is a great cd! I espically liked "This gift"! Read morePublished on Dec 9 2000 by Ashley
I'm a fan of 98 degrees, and I really love this holiday album. It has nice, soothing, relaxing music along with some upbeat tracks. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2000
Wow! What an effort for a Christmas disc! I really liked the sound of this CD, sure there were a few tracks that were a bit bland, but overall is was cool. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2000