Together At Christmas

Find out what Monica wants for Christmas.

The album is designed to make the listener embrace the season and feel its festivity and magic. Popular artists, some with careers just a couple of years old, come together to complete the Christmas experience in "Platinum Christmas".

Monica's "Grown Up Christmas List" wishes for ideals like world peace and plenty of love to keep people warm. R. Kelly's "World Christmas", Dido's "Christmas Day" and Joe's "This Christmas" all provide pure listening pleasure. Christina Aguilera's husky singing against minimum musical accompaniment in "Silent Night/Noche De Paz" bring out the beauty of the original hymn and displays the songstress' versatile voice.

"Christmas Song" by Dave Matthews Band is a meaningful and melodious track that traces the story of the birth of Christ. The guitar and drums blend with the vocals in Jars Of Clay's "Little Drummer Boy" to create a pleasing track.

The theme of the album is given a twist by younger artists like Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys who sing of romantic love at Christmas time. Besides these, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Santana and TLC are some of the other artists featured here.

All in all, this collection is a must-have for those besotted with the very idea of the season and everything that it entails - Santa, holly, reindeer, wishes, gifts, discounts, sales and vacations!

This article was first published on 19 Dec 2000.