Because It's Christmas Barry Manilow, seems trapped by his past. He occasionally swings with cabaret grace on Because It's Christmas , delivering an oldie like "The Christmas Song"… Because It's Christmas Barry Manilow, seems trapped by his past. He occasionally swings with cabaret grace on Because It's Christmas , delivering an oldie like "The Christmas Song"… Barry Manilow Holiday Pop
Music Review

Because It's Christmas (1990)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Lead Performance: Barry Manilow; Genres: Holiday, Pop

Barry Manilow, seems trapped by his past. He occasionally swings with cabaret grace on Because It's Christmas, delivering an oldie like ''The Christmas Song'' with Tony Bennett like class. Then he'll launch into something more recent, such as ''Because It's Christmas (For All the Children),'' a song he cowrote. When he lapses into Manilowing — squeezing out the plodding crescendos that made him rich — it makes you want to burn down his tree. C+

Originally posted Dec 07, 1990 Published in issue #43 Dec 07, 1990 Order article reprints