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My Favourite Carols- Robin Gibb (2006)
Audio CD
Track Listing

1. Mother of Love
2. In The Bleak Midwinter
3. O Come All Ye Faithful
4. Silent Night
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
6. Good King Wenceslas
7. Away In A Manger
8. Once In Royal David's City
9. Three Ships
10. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
11. Noel

by Nicholas James

Another slightly disappointing move from Robin Gibb, following on from his 2005 Live Album and his last 'proper' solo album, 2003's Magnet. Why he has chosen to release an album of Christmas carols on a minor label is beyond me, as yet again the album is almost devoid of Robin's creativity in song-writing and production and it also barely charted. I say 'almost' devoid because it does feature a completely new track written by Robin, called 'Mother of Love'. This is a slow ballad, with soaring, powerful vocals, and is apparently inspired by Maurice Gibb. This a a good song, with pleasant lyrics, but only serves to emphasise what Robin's fans are missing - more of what he does best!

The remainder of the album is filled with fairly bland recordings of Christmas standards, most of which are not really suited to Robin's voice, which is much better singing pop and rock songs rather than simple carols. The production is often thin, but really there is probably little that could have been done to make this album more appealing. He does, however, adopt an interesting vocal style on 'Away In A Manger'. The only genuine item of interest, other than the opening track, is Robin's rousing version of 'Noel', which he turns into an anti-war song with new lyrics for the chorus.

The CD is also packaged with an accompanying DVD, which features an interview with Robin and behind the scenes on the making of the album.

Since the last Bee Gees album in 2001, Barry Gibb has written and produced an entire  album for Barbra Streisand, written some new material for Cliff Richard and is (at the time of writing) working on a new solo album in Nashville. Robin, on the other hand, has spent his time singing old Bee Gees tracks, whether live or on record, having produced a grand total of only two new tracks ('Inseparable' on Magnet and 'Mother of Love'). I personally hope that this will be the last of Robin's superfluous projects and that he will return to being the creative force he was in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Why Buy My Favourite Carols?

For the first track (the new Robin Gibb track, 'Mother of Love') and the last track ('Noel').