(1996) This Is The Time - The Christmas Album

Michael Bolton

... read moreMichael Bolton gave notice of his seasonal intentions in 1992 when he included "White Christmas" on his covers album Timeless (The Classics). In 1996, he continued to forestall the necessity of following up the commercially disappointing 1993 album The One Thing (having previously delivered a hits...

43′:17″ 10 Songs

1
Michael Bolton
Silent Night
4:05
2
Michael Bolton
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4:05
3
Michael Bolton
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4:01
4
Michael Bolton
Joy To The World
4:05
5
Michael Bolton
Ave Maria (Duet With Placido Domingo)
4:40
6
Michael Bolton
The Christmas Song
4:09
7
Michael Bolton
O Holy Night
4:52
8
Michael Bolton
White Christmas
3:41
9
Michael Bolton
This Is The Time (Duet With Wynonna)
4:05
10
Michael Bolton
Love Is The Power
5:34
Released 01 October 1996, 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Review

Michael Bolton gave notice of his seasonal intentions in 1992 when he included "White Christmas" on his covers album Timeless (The Classics). In 1996, he continued to forestall the necessity of following up the commercially disappointing 1993 album The One Thing (having previously delivered a hits collection in '95) by issuing a full-length Christmas album. Christmas discs tend to mix the lighthearted with the reverent, and while Bolton could certainly be solemn enough (if characteristically overwrought) to turn in an acceptable "Silent Night," his takes on holiday fare intended to emphasize the fun side of the season came off as a little intense. Demonstrating his new interest in the operatic tenor range, Bolton duetted with Placido Domingo on "Ave Maria"...and he included two newly written Christmas songs...On the whole, as Christmas albums go, This Is the Time came under the heading of "If you like Michael Bolton..." (The album was released as a "CD Extra" featuring multimedia information for computer users that included a video of Bolton performing his mournful version of "White Christmas" live, plus a sneak preview of Bolton's upcoming CD-ROM containing a discography, an excerpt of a music video of "Said I Loved You...But I Lied," a little backstage footage from a documentary, and information about Bolton's charitable foundation.) ~ William Ruhlmann