Watching the Snow
|Watching the Snow|
|Studio album by Michael Franks|
|Released||2003 in Japan
2004 in the United States
|Michael Franks chronology|
Watching the Snow is a smooth vocal jazz album by American singer-songwriter and musician Michael Franks. It was released three times: initially in Japan with Columbia in 2003, in the United States with Sleeping Gypsy in 2004, then finally with Koch Records in 2007.
According to the linear notes, sales from the album were donated to Hearts United for Animals, a no-kill animal shelter and welfare organisation.
|1.||"The Way We Celebrate New Year's"||6:23|
|2.||"Watching The Snow"||5:41|
|3.||"Christmas In Kyoto"||4:50|
|5.||"I Bought You a Plastic Star (For Your Aluminum Tree)"||3:36|
|6.||"Said The Snowflake"||4:51|
|8.||"When The Snowman Sings"||4:21|
|10.||"My Present (Reprise)"||4:28|
- Vocals – Michael Franks, Veronica Nunn
- Background vocals – Veronica Nunn
- Double bass – Jay Anderson
- Drums – Billy Kilson
- Flugelhorn – Alex Sipiagin
- Flute – Chris Hunter
- French horn – John Clark
- Guitar – Jay Azzolina, Romero Lubambo
- Percussion – Charles Blenzig, Café
- Piano, keyboards – Charles Blenzig
- Saxophone – Chris Hunter
- Trumpet – Alex Sipiagin
Writing for AllMusic, Christopher Monger described the album as "comfort food with all the trimmings" and that each track was "lovingly crafted, astronomically inoffensive, and wine-drunk silly and sincere."
Comparing the album to the holiday themed releases of Franks' peers, he concluded it was a "testimony to Franks' laid-back demeanor and subtle humor that an entire record of original holiday songs can complement a snowy December day rather than accentuate its forced seasonal cheer."