Christmas

Christmas

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by Kirk Franklin & the Family
     
 

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It's not surprising that Kirk Franklin's second album, Christmas, sold over 500,000 copies in the first 14 weeks after it was released. This album is filled with 11 Christmas songs presented in true Franklin fashion. The album begins with calypso-like music and a sincere Christmas greeting from Franklin. Then the man and his 17 backup singers (See more details below

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It's not surprising that Kirk Franklin's second album, Christmas, sold over 500,000 copies in the first 14 weeks after it was released. This album is filled with 11 Christmas songs presented in true Franklin fashion. The album begins with calypso-like music and a sincere Christmas greeting from Franklin. Then the man and his 17 backup singers (the Family) begin singing an abbreviated version of "Silent Night" before proceeding to sing about God's amazing love in "Now Behold the Lamb." Both these songs are presented in a mellow, traditional gospel style, allowing the listener to relax. Just as the listener is lulled into a sense of tranquility, the album goes into an upbeat, contemporary hip-hop song, "Jesus Is the Reason for the Season." It's a slight jolt to the system because it's unexpected, but the song is worth the little shock. Although the lyrics aren't profound, the song is entertaining and will leave the listener wanting to get up, dance, and proclaim, "Jesus IS the reason!" "Jesus Is the Reason for the Season" and "Now Behold a Lamb" are the songs that make this album. Both were hits on CCM radio, and the album is worth getting for these songs alone. Unfortunately, the album's impact decreases after the third track. The only other noteworthy song is "They Need to Know." The remaining seven songs are good, but lack the edge that drew the listener to the album in the first place.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/30/1998
Label:
Gospocentric
UPC:
0606949020927
catalogNumber:
490209

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Franklin & the Family   Primary Artist
Kirk Franklin   Indexed Contributor,Vocals
Ray Fuller   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rickey Grundy   Strings
Jeanette Johnson   Vocals
Sheila Brice   Vocals
Dalon Collins   Vocals
Tamela Mann   Vocals
Jerome Allen   Bass
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Organ,Keyboards
Eric Morgan   Drums
Bobby Sparks   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Buster & Shavoni   Synthesizer,Percussion,Overdubs
Stephanie Glynn   Vocals
Keisha Grandy   Vocals
Chris Simpson   Vocals
David A. Mann   Vocals

Technical Credits

Buster Brown   Engineer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Craig Burbidge   Engineer
Kirk Franklin   Arranger,Producer
Steve Hall   Mastering
John Reading   Composer
Buster & Shavoni   Producer
Wendy McFadden   Art Direction
Vicki Mack Lataillade   Executive Producer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John W. Work   Composer
Craig Burbioge   Engineer

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Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS ALBUM IS GREAT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this CD when it first came out and I am now buying another copy. This is a great Christmas gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago