Watching the Snow

Watching the Snow

by Michael Franks
     
 

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To call Michael Franks schmaltzy is like calling Santa Claus jolly, but what sets him apart from his contemporaries is his ability to deliver each clever yet wince-inducing rhyme with a wink. Watching the Snow is comfort food with all the trimmings, and it's a testimony to Franks' laid-back demeanor and subtle humor that an entire record of original holiday

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To call Michael Franks schmaltzy is like calling Santa Claus jolly, but what sets him apart from his contemporaries is his ability to deliver each clever yet wince-inducing rhyme with a wink. Watching the Snow is comfort food with all the trimmings, and it's a testimony to Franks' laid-back demeanor and subtle humor that an entire record of original holiday songs can complement a snowy December day rather than accentuate its forced seasonal cheer. Dressed to impress by Franks' conversational vocal style, Chris Hunter's mellow sax attack, and Charles Blenzig's fireplace keyboard meanderings, it requires nothing but the two-bites-from-being-uncomfortably-full sensation of a post-dinner nap to render the listener grinning in half-comatose reverie. Originally released in Japan in 2003, Snow finds Franks musing on everything from decorating the mango tree ("Island Christmas") to snowmen blowing smoke rings ("When the Snowman Sings") with equal parts sentimental melancholy and irreverence. Each track is lovingly crafted, astronomically inoffensive, and wine-drunk silly and sincere. Even at his most biting, on "I Bought You a Plastic Star (For Your Aluminum Tree)," where he croons "Easy credit may not cure your ills/Unless your address is in Beverly Hills/Spend all ye faithful with all your might/We're gonna have ten years of silent night," Franks' delivers the lines more like a teasing uncle than a bitter old grandpa, resulting in a fine addition to the ever-expanding holiday genre. Proceeds from Watching the Snow go to the no-kill shelter, sanctuary, and animal welfare organization Hearts United for Animals.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923444121
catalogNumber:
4441

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Franks   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jay Azzolina   Guitar
Charles Blenzig   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards
Chris Hunter   Flute,Saxophone
Jay Anderson   Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
John Clark   French Horn
Café   Percussion
Billy Kilson   Drums
Romero Lubambo   Guitar
Veronica Nunn   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alex Sipiagin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Charles Blenzig   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Michael Franks   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Scott Petito   Engineer
Megan Denver   Art Direction

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