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20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection

Boyz II Men 9/23/2003


Indeed, it is the most wonderful time of the year, and this reissue of 1993's {^Christmas Interpretations} arrives under the {@Universal} {^20th Century Masters} series, which has launched its own subset of {\holiday} releases. Produced by fellow soulful crooner {$Brian McKnight}, this ten-song workout is not a collection of {\holiday} favorites (aside from the {\traditional} {&"Silent Night"} that opens and closes the recording), but a series of brand new {\holiday} compositions based on the {\quiet storm} market. {$The Boyz} are in fine form, as per usual, and the production work is of top-notch quality. However, within the smooth delivery lie lyrics that are melancholic and downtrodden, the kind of despair that is commonly associated with the holiday season but just not expressed so soulfully, most notably in the composition {&"Why Christmas,"} which reflects the existential angst of world issues during the holiday season. The results are a bit like crossing {&"What's Going On"} with {$the New Edition} classic {&"Can You Stand the Rain."} Not exactly uplifting stuff to play when unwrapping presents or carving the holiday turkey, but if you are into pleasant-sounding melodies and silky-smooth production, then this is the perfect {\Christmas} album for you. While most die-hard fans might already have this in their collections, fans who might have glanced over this release originally would be well-served to pick it up. ~ Rob Theakston, Rovi
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Silent Night (Intro) Boyz II Men 1:7
  3. 2 Let It Snow Boyz II Men 4:6
  4. 3 Share Love Boyz II Men 3:28
  5. 4 You're Not Alone Boyz II Men 5:1
  6. 5 A Joyous Song Boyz II Men 5:49
  7. 6 Why Christmas Boyz II Men 4:50
  8. 7 Cold December Nights Boyz II Men 4:6
  9. 8 Do They Know Boyz II Men 3:23
  10. 9 Who Would Have Thought Boyz II Men 6:2
  11. 10 Silent Night Boyz II Men 2:32

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