Michael Franks – Watching the Snow

Watching the Snow

It’s the time of year when you may be looking to make a “Eclectic” addition to your collection of Christmas records.

Michael Franks is the perfect complement for Christmas. Light pop-jazz with subtle twists and a sensuous quality that oozes through his music. Ten originals, all good, with fine playing. They show his usual influences – Miles, Coltrane, and especially Jobim. Fine guitar work all over the record, with Jay Azzolina and Romero Lubambo contributing. There’s even a new arrangement of his very funny “I Bought You a Plastic Star (For Your Aluminum Tree).” A perfect Christmas record.

This article originally appeared in VG‘s Feb. ’05 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.