The Bottom Line
- Ron Isley's smooth voice.
- The holiday spirit.
- R&B Christmas album.
- Buttery smooth vocals.
- New and classic holiday songs.
Guide Review - The Isley Brothers feat. Ronald Isley - 'I'll Be Home for Christmas'
Ron Isley's signature silky-smooth vocal style is fully intact on the album and fits perfectly with the album's holiday theme. He especially shines on the Isleys' remakes of "Silent Night" and "White Christmas," the latter of which has been substantially reworked for the album, and only bears a passing resemblance to the original version. In fact, many of the songs covered on the album are a lot more Soulful than the old school versions, and therefore should be a lot more enjoyable to the devoted R&B fan.
As far as the new material, there's two tracks, "I'm in Love" and "What Can I Buy You?" The former is a wedding proposal tune thinly disguised as a Christmas song, sounds like it could have come straight out of the Isleys' mid-70s heyday. And from the title and opening verse, "What Can I Buy You?" sounds like it would be the kind of ode to materialism that Ron Isley's alter-ego, Mr. Biggs, would sing. But it eventually turns out that the song is a lesson in the old adage that you can't buy love, which is an important lesson to keep in mind and take to heart while living in this consumerism-driven world of ours.