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Genres: Miscellaneous, Pop, R&B, Classical
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 vo... more »
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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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Lisa C. from SANTA BARBARA, CA
Reviewed on 1/31/2012...
This is a beautiful Christmas CD!
98 Degrees just keep on getting hotter
Kirsten | 11/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love 'This Christmas' it is one of the best Christmas albums ever. The soulful harmonies of the guys touches your heart in such an indescribable way. 'This Gift' is such a beautiful song. I totally love this album. 98 Degrees rocks and they will and always continue singing cool songs such as those on 'This Christmas'. I recommend that you buy this cd. It's worth it."
98 Degrees Can Heat Up Any Christmas
Jacci | Florida | 12/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before I even bought this album, I'd already heard two song from it. I saw 98 Degrees in concert a few weeks ago and they performed their single "This Gift" for the first time. And over the past couple of weeks the song has been popping up everywhere. I also heard "Chesnuts..." on the radio, the day I bought the CD. I didn't know who was singing, and to tell you the truth, while my mom and I circled the busy mall and listened to the 98 Degrees version of the song, we laughed. When I got the album home and played it, I was a little surprised to find out that the song I was laughing at earlier that day was actually sung by one of my favorite groups. I think it was Justin's deep voiced solo that spun me around. But after the third or fourth time I listened to the song, I could help but be addicted to the jazzy way it was all brought together. The whole album, as a matter of fact, is full of jazz and good vocals, and that's what's keeping it spinning in my CD player. The fact that Drew sings the entirety of one of my favorite Christmas songs ("Little Drummer Boy"), makes my Christams a little brighter, because his voice is mezmoring and full. Besides "Little Drummer Boy", my personal favorites are "Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Silent Night" and "If Every Day Could Be Christams". You can't listen to that song without envisioning New York in winter, and I've never even been to New York. I'd have to say my overall favorite on the album though, is "Oh Holy Night". Though not as creative or vocal challenging as NSync's version, it's just a great song, and 98 Degrees pulled over a terrific version (Jeff and that high note! Good lord!). I can't tell the difference between the two diffrent versions of "This Gift", so I think it was a little unnessicary to put it on twice, but it's a good song, and a great album all together. This CD will be in my CD player all year, along with NSync's "Home For Christmas", which I feel is a stronger album then "98 Degrees This Christmas", but are both worth of the neverending spin of the CD changer. I wanted to give this album 4 1/2 stars, but since we can't give halfs, I went along and gave it a 5 anyway. If you buy this CD, you will not be disappointed. It's beautiful, and gets you in the mood for Christmas. I recomend it highly."