Christmas Interpretations

Christmas Interpretations

by Boyz II Men

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Overview

Christmas Interpretations

Boyz II Men followed their hugely successful debut, Cooleyhighharmony, with Christmas Interpretations, which is a pretty intelligent choice, given that Christmas albums by established artists tend to sell year after year, while pop albums tend to sell mostly at the time of their popularity. So this album of all new Christmas material (written by the Boyz themselves) certainly helped the Boyz flesh out their catalog. There aren't any interpretations of Christmas classics to be found on this record, save for their a cappella rendition of "Silent Night." This album is pure, lushly produced quiet storm and, because of the lack of traditional favorites, could be played at any time of year. This set differs from typical Boyz II Men albums in that it's very subdued, and vocal histrionics are kept at a minimum. This set also differs from traditional Christmas albums in that the songs generally deal with more melancholy subject matter, such as depression and suffering ("Why Christmas") and loneliness and poverty ("Cold December Nights"). It's also balanced with songs about the joys of giving (the elegant "Share Love," "Do They Know") and, of course, love ("You're Not Alone," "Who Would Have Thought"). This set also features "Let It Snow," a Top 40 duet with maestro Brian McKnight, who co-produced nearly every song on this album (it should have been titled Boyz II Men featuring Brian McKnight). This set is a cozy, velvety, and hip quiet storm Christmas album with touches of jazz, nostalgia, and melancholy but, at times, one yearns to hear the Boyz' lush harmonies wrapped around traditional favorites. Nonetheless, a nice chapter in the saga that is Boyz II Men.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/1993
Label: Motown
UPC: 0737463636520
catalogNumber: 6365
Rank: 231760

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boyz II Men   Primary Artist,Vocals
Tim Feehan   Vocals
Brian McKnight   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Boyz II Men   Producer
Brian McKnight   Composer,Producer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Michael Bivins   Executive Producer
Jheryl Busby   Executive Producer
Mark Chamberlain   Engineer
Jonathan Clark   Art Direction
Jim Hinger   Engineer
Van Horne   Engineer
Michael McCary   Producer
Nathan Morris   Producer
Wanya Morris   Composer,Producer
Shawn Stockman   Producer
E.J. VanHorne   Engineer
Jason Westbrook   Engineer
Joseph Mohr   Composer

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