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Album Review

The obvious title here would have been Wreatha Now, but Aretha opted to follow in the footsteps of at least 20 other artists by going with This Christmas as the title of her first Christmas album. Apart from the Donny Hathaway/Nadine McKinnor-written title track, a duet with her son Edward that is both sweet and playful (at one point, Aretha interjects, "Eddie, you mustn't upstage mom with those high notes"), the disc is filled mostly with the spiritual and relatively serious side of holiday material. The likes of "Silent Night," "Ave Maria," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and "Angels We Have Heard on High" are given the kind of treatment only Aretha could grant, though it should be noted that there are moments where you might feel stuck inside the Aretha Melismatorium. It's not all reverence and reflection: best of all is a reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" that can only be termed "personalized."

Customer Reviews

Time To Stop...

I really love Aretha Franklin that's why I'm so disappointed. Is it me or has she lost her voice over the last few years. It's torture listening to the once soulful singer crank out these cackling whiners of songs. She just can't do it no more.

Awful!

I don't know why such a well regarded artist is just singing timeless Christmas songs so haphazardly. You aren't able to hear what she's singing and the words are just rushed over, almost like she only had mintues to put this album together or she learned the songs as she was recording them. This is just awful for her. I knew things where going down hill when she threw together the words to "My Country Tis Of Thee" at the Presidential Inauguration. I guess it should be time to call it quits.

Yikes!

Aretha Franklin is one of the finest vocalists in the world. When I saw that Aretha had a holiday Cd I was really excited with what it could be! It could be great, soulful and different from all the run of the mill holiday CD's, but it's NOT. It's a big yule log. This recording sounds like someone's drunk aunt trying to sing karaoke at a christmas party. Not good. In a sad way it is kind of funny. I love you Aretha, but this is not your best work.

Biography

Born: March 25, 1942 in Memphis, TN

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Aretha Franklin is one of the giants of soul music, and indeed of American pop as a whole. More than any other performer, she epitomized soul at its most gospel-charged. Her astonishing run of late-'60s hits with Atlantic Records — "Respect," "I Never Loved a Man," "Chain of Fools," "Baby I Love You," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," and several others — earned her the title "Lady Soul," which she has worn uncontested ever since. Yet as much of an international...
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