What I Really Want For Christmas

Brian Wilson


1. The Man With All The Toys
2. What I Really Want For Christmas
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. O Holy Night
5. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
6. Hark The Herald Anglels Sing
7. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
8. The First Noel
9. Christmasey
10. Little Saint Nick
11. Deck The Halls
12. Auld Lang Syne

Alternative Versions

Original release included the following tracks as "bonus tracks
On Christmas Day
Joy To The World
Silent Night

Album Trivia

Released on Sony BMG on October 18 2005 (November 14 in Europe).
Brian's first seasonal solo album.
Produced by Brian Wilson.
Album cover changes color depending which angle you are looking at it..

Website Comments and Review

The news that Brian was following up SMiLE with a Christmas album was seen by many as something as a cop-out. However it was encouraging that Brian was still making new music, and after the emotion of completing SMiLE, seasonal music was certainly the ideal "chill-out."

There are only two "new" songs here, of course, the title track with lyrics by Bernie Taupin, and Christmasey, featuring lyrics from Jimmy Webb.Both of these have strong melodies, indicating that Brian is possibly back into the writing "groove" -even if there isn't the quantity of old, there is some satisfaction that these are two very satisfactory entries to the Christmas canon.

For the rest, we have re-makes of two Beach Boys classics and the remainder is Christmas standards. Noteworthy is the strong spiritual element -far more than the Beach Boys' Christmas Album, and also the use of some very nice production tricks -the nice instumental touches and harmonies do make this a very nice Christmas album.

All in all, it is a seasonal album, and will never be a top-level classic, given the recycling of material used. However, it is very much a "Brian" Christmas album with some original songs, and many original touches, and for this listener, has to be regarded as a success.

RATING: 7.5 out of 10

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