Reba McEntire - Secret Of Giving: A Christmas Collection

Wednesday 1st December 1999
Reba McEntire - Secret Of Giving: A Christmas Collection

STYLE: Country
RATING 4 4 4 4

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Christmas is coming and it's time to kiss your musical faculties goodbye, and flock to the shops to buy the same old soppy drivel that oils the wheels of the Christmas season, and makes record company executives lick their lips in anticipation of fat bonuses. Sadly, the Christian market is as prone to the exploitation of Christmas as the general market, and so we're flooded with these "warm" collections of songs extolling idealistic Christmasses with rosy-cheeked children gathered round the tree. This country version of it is especially odious with the usual songs being given the country treatment. "I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus", "Santa Claus Is Coming Back To Town", etc etc, you know the score here. There are a few tips towards the real reason for Christmas with a passable version of Buddy Greene's classy "Mary, Did You Know?" but overall, unless you like the fiddles fiddling and a bit of a country shuffle, leave this well alone. Listening to (his makes me hate Christmas! A final footnote, Ms McEntire is no Christian (she believes in reincarnation).
So why precicely this album has been given Christian retail distribution is a question which comes to mind.

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