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Secret of Giving: A Christmas Collection

Reba McEntireAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 27, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • ASIN: B00001O33W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Reba the redheaded rein dear delivers a mixed bag of cheer on her new holiday record. Secret of Giving gets off to a great start with "This Is My Prayer for You," an upbeat, fairly unvarnished country tune with a lively little fiddle break. But unless you're a full-on Reba fan, it's pretty much downhill sledding from there as McEntire falls back on the Nashville formula for many of the originals penned for the album. While her voice is always in good form--and she suggests Brenda Lee and Loretta Lynn in "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus"--there are too many predictable chord progressions and decorative shadings in songs such as "Santa Claus Is Coming Back to Town," a heartbreak Christmas song. What she needs is more tunes like the closing cut and the title track, a sparsely arranged acoustic number that avoids maudlin sentiments and faux cheer. No amount of children singing ("The Angels Sang") or pretty playing can get her out of the deep ruts that Nashville has got most of its stars stuck in these days. --Martin Keller

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CONTEMPORARY CHRISTMAS MEETS CLASSICAL...GREAT! June 12, 2000
By Jordan
Format:Audio CD
NOT MANY artists have career longevity (or guts) enough to put out two Christmas albums in one career; enter country's long-reigning queen, Reba McEntire (we're talking someone awards shows had to tell their members NOT to vote for because she was so dominant). This Christmas album is my favorite that I've ever heard. Reba, who arranged two tracks, flawlessly blends traditional carols (which she arranges) with powerful, contemporary Christmas songs. I listen to this album in August for goodness' sakes! The highlight of the album to me is "One Child, One Day," a song many love and some are unable to grasp the inner meaning; sometimes with more contemporary music we forget what all this Christmas business is about, the real SPIRITual meanings. Another powerful performance is Reba's fleckless "deliverance" of the half classic half carol "Mary, Did You Know?" Talk about a (Warning, cliche time!) tear jerker! She also turns in great performances on "The Secret Of Giving" and the delightful "This Is My Prayer For You." Highly recommended, not only will you get in the spirit of Christmas, but you'll understand more of the real SPIRIT of things! A great 5 stars.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reba is awesome in this album! November 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is a stellar Reba album. She deserves all the credit for the album. She is just great. All the songs will put you in a instant Christmas mood. Reba sings with emotion and feeling with a little bit of humor in this recording. Reba, you are the best!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality Christmas pop-country offering October 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was Reba's second Christmas album. It is very different from her first, Merry Christmas to you, which was firmly rooted in traditional country.

Reba sings a great mix of old and new songs on this album. The old classics are represented by I saw Mama kissing Santa Claus and Up on the housetop. Two contemporary songs that could yet become classics are Mary did you know and Till the season comes round again. Kenny Rogers had previously recorded both of them for his album, The gift, although Kathy Mattea (on her Good news album) was the singer who first popularized Mary did you know (written and first recorded by an obscure Christian music singer).

I have not heard any of the other six songs anywhere else but they are certainly worth hearing. My favorites are the opening This is my prayer for you and the title track, although One child one day is not far behind and the others are also wonderful.

If you enjoy nineties pop-country music and you are looking for something festive, this will suit you ideally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVABLE TALENT !! October 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A Must for everyone that loves christmas!!I love every song on this CD. I listen to it all the time. It makes me feel so good inside. Reba has always had the gift to touch the listener's heart and soul. Thank you Reba for always being a true and honesy artist! Love always, Gary
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Describe This CD In One Word....SENSATIONAL November 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
It is so amazing how someone can knock a person right out of their seats with a Christmas album. Reba's voice is just so sensational that it brings out the spirit of Christmas. It is a must for everyone even those who aren't Reba fans. This is the best Christmas album that I have ever heard. Excellent job, REBA!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas CD January 12, 2013
By Jeannie
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Was great to hear Reba sing but disappointed in the song choices.. For holiday music expected more hymns but was great to hear Reba sing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed December 6, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Nothing special about the song performances. Doesn't elicit the Christmas feeling for me - feels more like Reba pop. No heart or soul in Reba's interpretations here. Too bad. I was especially interested in hearing Reba sing "Mary, Did You Know?", but I was disappointed. Lackluster. Love the cover though - Reba looks great, as always.

Wow! I just noticed something! It's obvious that on September 29, 2005, Reba fans performed a good magic trick and changed the skew of the rating for this cd by stacking the deck with 5-star reviews. Shame! Plus the earliest reviews, particular those from the vague and numerous "A Customer" and those from the one-shot reviewers - who's ONLY review here on amazon.com (since 1999, no less) were for THIS cd - seem dubious as well. That explains the oddity of why reviewers here either really loved or really didn't like this cd, with scarce middle ground! Caveat emptor!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Traditional Reba!! September 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD is tradional Reba. I mean she sings like she did when she first came on the scene. I absolutely love it. The songs are very spiritual and emotional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars REBA MCENTYRE. Country music royalty.
Reba McEntyre can easily be labeled as the queen of Country music. She is admired worldwide and shows no signs of slowing down. Great Christmas music for the holiday season.
Published 4 months ago by JOSEPH JEDLICKA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas CD.
Wonderful CD. If you don't have it then you need to get it. There are some wonderful songs on there. I highly recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Billy Lewis Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Reba is a wonderful and great singer. This Secret of Giving is one of her best ones that we enjoy listening to around the Christmas.
Published 5 months ago by Alicia F. Hessenflow
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Reba
She's fantastic, as always. I have been a fan of her for years, and I loved the way she started out on, "I Saw Mommy, Kissing Santa Claus" I don't believe that she will... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marcella L. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Of Giving: A Christmas Collection, by Reba McEntire
Many of Ms. McEntire's songs are arranged so beautifully, and some are just fantastic, i.e. Mary Did You Know. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Susan J. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
She is my favorite so there is no words I can describe. She always has the perfect song that I love.
Published 17 months ago by RAV
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret of giving a christmas collection
I love to listen to any of her songs, this was a really great cd I buy all her cd's
Published 17 months ago by RHESA V BROOKS
5.0 out of 5 stars Reba is always a treat
Always loved Reba, loved that I was able to get her Christmas CD especially at the price you offered it for
Published 18 months ago by Toni
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent song selection
This CD has a great selection of classic Christmas songs as well as a few more contemporary songs that are very respectful. Of course, Reba is always great to listen to.
Published on December 30, 2010 by Btrfly
4.0 out of 5 stars Kind of 'pop', but who wants to hear the same 'ol same old?
I like a fair bit of country music. Too bad most country artists who do Christmas collections seem content to just sing old standards without offering anything really new. Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by P. Shelling
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