STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 42655-13430 LABEL: CQK FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Sal is a smooth voiced singer from Pennsylvania and this is a rather impressive entrance into the crowded field of Christmas music albums. Credit must go to Bruce Greer and Mary Dawson who produce five tracks here and also composed the excellent new song "Only Those", a mid tempo number with a bubbling keyboard riff. Elsewhere, the musical partnership even manage to breathe some new life into "Good King Wenceslas" (thanks largely to a nice synth bass riff). Unfortunately, the five tracks produced by Marty Mellinger and Sal himself are far less interesting with the singer's lounge versions of "Winter Wonderland" and "Jingle Bells" sounding exactly like the kind of smooth snow flake-flecked muzak piped around airports this time of year. Throughout this album Sal's voice is as smooth and warm as a mug of hot chocolate. But he needs a batch of original songs of the calibre of "Only Those" to go beyond his existing bunch of supporters.
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