The Miracle of Christmas

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As an old-school, all-purpose musical entertainer, Neil Sedaka seems like a natural for a Christmas album, maybe even more than one, so it's a bit of a surprise that he waited until 2008 to deliver The Miracle of Christmas. Having waited so long, Sedaka decided to make the most of the moment and turn The Miracle of Christmas into two holiday albums in one: a single-disc set containing his versions of standards, and a two-disc deluxe edition containing a disc of new originals. Both of the discs are enjoyable but the collection of new tunes edges out the surprisingly spare -- largely piano and voice with just a little synth shading -- readings of traditional ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As an old-school, all-purpose musical entertainer, Neil Sedaka seems like a natural for a Christmas album, maybe even more than one, so it's a bit of a surprise that he waited until 2008 to deliver The Miracle of Christmas. Having waited so long, Sedaka decided to make the most of the moment and turn The Miracle of Christmas into two holiday albums in one: a single-disc set containing his versions of standards, and a two-disc deluxe edition containing a disc of new originals. Both of the discs are enjoyable but the collection of new tunes edges out the surprisingly spare -- largely piano and voice with just a little synth shading -- readings of traditional carols and secular standards because they're livelier in both arrangement and sentiment. On his new tunes, Sedaka dabbles in every kind of holiday tune, ranging from the smoky Sinatra-styled "A Lonely Christmas in New York" to the goofy novelty "Razzle Dazzle Christmas" and hitting every other sound in between, managing to work in his signature bouncy pop in the process on "Love Is Spreading All Over the World" and turning in a good soft rock tune on "A Christmas Prayer." As modern-day holiday albums go, this selection of new tunes is quite strong, but Miracle of Christmas doesn't quite feel modern as the songs are written as if they were meant for Sedaka's Rocket albums of the '70s and are given heavily polished production crafted with synthesizers from the late '80s. This may not make the album feel modern but it's pleasingly out of time and, more importantly, it's true to Sedaka's music -- it's sentimental, occasionally surprisingly snarky, always overwhelmingly melodic, and quite a lot of fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2008
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018300728
  • Catalog Number: 83007
  • Sales rank: 175,986

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Sedaka Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Neil Sedaka Producer
Franz Gruber Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Richie Raposa Engineer
Ralph Blane Composer
John Francis Wade Composer
Traditional Composer
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