8 Days of Christmas [DualDisc]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Destiny's Child's holiday album, 8 Days of Christmas, is pretty much what you'd expect -- divided equally between strained hip-hop-soul and smooth adult contemporary pop directly targeted at a crossover paradise. Since holiday albums have to have a hook, or at least one novelty to draw in an audience, there's the title track that recasts "12 Days of Christmas" as a modern, commercialistic, sub-hip-hop rant. Things get better than that, as the tailor-made "Winter Paradise" works much better, as does "A 'DC' Christmas Medley," which may be a little formulaic, but appealing. Then, there's a huge stretch that features the individual members of Destiny's Child ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Destiny's Child's holiday album, 8 Days of Christmas, is pretty much what you'd expect -- divided equally between strained hip-hop-soul and smooth adult contemporary pop directly targeted at a crossover paradise. Since holiday albums have to have a hook, or at least one novelty to draw in an audience, there's the title track that recasts "12 Days of Christmas" as a modern, commercialistic, sub-hip-hop rant. Things get better than that, as the tailor-made "Winter Paradise" works much better, as does "A 'DC' Christmas Medley," which may be a little formulaic, but appealing. Then, there's a huge stretch that features the individual members of Destiny's Child singing a carol apiece (plus "Little Drummer Boy," which features Solange, who isn't in the group); it's a good way of prepping for the inevitable solo careers. Then, the album pretty much runs out with ballads and songs that emphasize some of the more irritating aspects of Destiny's Child (the skittering verses of "Spread a Little Love on Christmas Day," for instance, complete with its chorus of "I got your back on Christmas Day"), as well as their crossover attempts, including a version of "Opera of the Bells." So, yes, this is uneven, as much as any holiday album is uneven, and even if it lacks anything distinctive, it's still Destiny enough to please many hardcore fans. Ultimately, it doesn't really feel all that distinctive one way or another, which may be worse than being really bad or really great. [This DualDisc version contains bonus material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969776827
  • Catalog Number: 97768

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 8 Days of Christmas (3:31)
  2. 2 Winter Paradise (3:36)
  3. 3 A "DC" Christmas Medley: Santa Claus Is Comin to Town/Jungle ... (3:59)
  4. 4 Silent Night - Beyoncé (3:41)
  5. 5 Little Drummer (3:36)
  6. 6 Do You Hear What I Hear - Kelly Rowland (3:47)
  7. 7 White Christmas (1:42)
  8. 8 Platinum Bells (1:26)
  9. 9 O Holy Night - Michelle Williams (4:24)
  10. 10 Spread a Little Love on Christmas Day (3:41)
  11. 11 This Christmas (3:38)
  12. 12 Opera of the Bells (4:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer /"8 Days of Christmas" Music Video
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Destiny's Child Primary Artist
Michael Morales Acoustic Guitar
Sharay Reed Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Donny Hathaway Composer
J. Marks Composer
Calvin Gaines Producer
Alonzo Jackson Producer
Jay Livingston Composer
Tom Morris Engineer
Larry Sturm Engineer
James Hoover Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Marius Perron III Engineer
Wirlie Morris Arranger, Producer
David Swope Engineer
Rob Fusari Producer
Michelle Williams Arranger
Beyoncé Knowles Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Mathew Knowles Producer, Executive Producer
Kelly Rowland Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Tucker Allen Engineer
Emily Lazar Mastering
Ian Cuttler Art Direction
R. Evans Composer
Traditional Composer
Ramon Morales Engineer
Falonte Moore Producer
Errol "Poppi" McCalla Producer
Pablo Arraya Engineer
Kim Burse Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Erron Williams Arranger, Producer
Asif Ali Engineer
Alan Floyd Arranger, Producer
Byron Rickerson Engineer
Damon Elliott Producer
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