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This Christmas Aretha

October 14, 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Label: Rhino
  • Copyright: 2008 DMI Records.
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  • Total Length: 51:09
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,075 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Raider Jack on November 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have been (and always will be) a diehard 'Retha Fan. She has made classic recordings from day one that have undoubtedly stood the test of time. I have followed her since her Columbia days all the way up to now when she appears to become truly bitter and twisted at the mere SUGGESTION that someone other than she deserves the accolade "Queen of Soul." (get over it, ''s time for you to go sit down somewhere and be very quiet..)

Notwithstanding, I have to agree with a previous reviewer - this is REAL beat up. I was not well for this at ALL!. Forget the magnificent runs, 'Retha and just sing the song, okay? She's all over the place and melody seems to be an alien concept to her. Indeed, some things do NOT get better with age. Or more pointedly, the fact that you are indeed a musical legend who has made an indelible impact on American music is still no excuse to release a clearly inferior product and expect even your diehard fans to simply accept it. Of course, no one ALWAYS hits the mark but quite frankly, love, you have been submitting similarly spotty work far too frequently lately. ( is indeed difficult to have to tell a loved one to clean it up!..)

This is (hopefully) just a mere stumbling block and she will release a much more decent project next year {belch}.

('Retha, I'm real mad at this because I KNOW you can do better....much, much, better.)

If you are a diehard Retha fan, you may want to get this but for the life of me I cannot bring myself to purchase it......yet

DEC 6, 2008 - maybe it was the holiday season...or perhaps it was it was my sister's birthday and I missed her....whatever it was that hit me, I broke down and bought it anyway....all I need say is always trust your first instincts....they are usually INIFNITELY better than that ti'ed ol' second thought!!!...well, it's still 'Retha....(sigh)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peace Brotha on December 31, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The reviewer by the name of Katchy hit the nail RIGHT on the head.

It is only natural for us to expect singers (especially those that are famous) to sound the same over the years, even if logic and common sense tell us that people don't age the same way for the same reasons.

Aretha is my favorite vocal artist, male or female, living or not, any genre. I love many of her albums. This is not one that I love even after many spins. But there is much that I like about it.

First off, let's talk about The Voice. Aretha's subtle nuances are still one of a kind and cannot be duplicated by anyone. As with much of Aretha's art, these nuances may not be obvious on the first listen but are very clear on the "dry-down."

Even on the controversial opener with the questionable and sometimes scary interpretation of the chorus, 'Angels We Have Heard On High', we can hear these not-so-obvious moments. Aretha is at her best now when she can take her time. "And the mountains ... in reply" is a beautifully phrased line, with the caramel of her voice coming through. The last line before the final chorus is also beautiful in its vocal and phrasing - "while our hearts, with love we praise." In that one line she takes it from sounding like a young innocent schoolgirl to a seasoned woman that can teach the young 'uns. The subtle melisma on the word "praise" is like the vocal equivalent to watching cake batter fold on itself as it's poured in the bowl.

That gorgeous billowy quality, first noticed on Aretha 1980, is not something I have ever heard in anyone else's voice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barbiedoll on November 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD while Christmas shopping. It is a sad Christmas cd. Re-re!! You produced this? Did you not listen to it first? I love Aretha Franklin but am very disappointed. Track 2 - "This Christmas" - did you not hear how horrible your son sounded when he held that off-key note? It just gets worse. The runs are just too much. She should have just sung the songs smoothly in her classic Aretha style instead of trying to make it in to something it was not. The opening comment in the jacket should have been on the back of the cd. Had I read it prior to purchasing the cd I would have taken it as a warning and left it on the shelf. When she says "it is so unfortunate that John Hammond, Jerry Wexler and Clive Davis never put this on the front burner" - those comments were a bit catty and I see why they left it on the back burner. It never should have made it in the pot much less the stove. I hate to be so blunt but I don't want anyone else to waste their money. I love Aretha but this is a sad Christmas cd. I pulled out my Vanessa Williams "Star Bright". Now THAT'S a Christmas cd. BUY that one and leave Aretha's cd on the shelf. STAR BRIGHT was released in 1996 and it's classic and timeless. I'll put Aretha's on the break room at my job on the table where people place paper back books and plants they don't want anymore. Sorry Re-Re...
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Neal Agee on November 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Being of an age where people like aretha, ray charles and stevie wonders are legends in not only music but in the history of their eras, I am saddend when they attempt to hold onto that for too long or get talked into making "comeback tours" (ie van halen). My first encounter of this cd was at a bookstore shamelessly promoting it, and all I can say was OH MY. One reviewer called it a Prince impersonation but that doesnt do it justice. We are talking about an hours worth of verbal assault. Something that wouldnt have made 3 seconds in front of the American Idol Judges before being booted off. It was as if the beltone hearing aid was mistuned. I dont believe there was a single note that was on key and most of the songs were so bad you could not even discern the words. Please. Please heed this warning. You would rather listen to the musical stylings of Mister Conway Twitty than this. You have been warned.
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