The liner notes that Slim Man wrote for this Christmas CD get off to a very frank and candid start when the jazzy, subtle, cool-toned pop singer states, "I don't like to admit it, but I was never real crazy about the Holiday Season…It was my least favorite time of year." Slim Man goes on to say that he changed his mind in December 1996, when he experienced some very heavy snow at an Oregon ski lodge--all of a sudden, he became a Christmas convert. And four years later, in 2000, he recorded his first Christmas album, All I Want for Christmas. This CD is full of Christmas standards that Slim Man probably wouldn't have recorded before 1996 (at least not with much enthusiasm), including "Winter Wonderland," "Let It Snow" and songs that were defined by Nat King Cole (Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song") and the seminal Bing Crosby ("White Christmas"). 20th Century Christmas pop is Slim Man's main focus--the singer doesn't get into any of the European Yuletide classics that preceded the 20th Century. Like Slim Man's non-Christmas work, All I Want for Christmas is pleasant but not remarkable or fantastic. And because he picks a lot of standards that have been recorded time and time again over the years, the album tends to be quite predictable. But again, Slim Man is generally pleasant even though he doesn't excel.
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AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson