Here, "Angels We Have Album) on High" is a six-minute, fingerpicking epic in which Pearson's honeyed, cracked country croon makes every syllable into a sob. When it was released inthis "Christmas" disc from slowcore pioneers Low seemed revolutionary. At the time, no one of any credibility was attempting to create Xmas records of genuine substance, which made hearing the trio's artful interpretation of seasonal sounds a jaw-dropping experience.
In some ways, the tone is more of an Easter record, especially in the originals; "Long Way Around the Sea" is loaded with Son-of-God gravitas, and "If You Were Born Today" laments that a 21st-century Christ would most likely be slain while still a child.
If you were to go by the artwork—which shows the band in bad haircuts and secondhand suits, posed cheesily—and self-mocking title, you'd guess that this Christmas record from My Morning Jacket was but a big joke. Released in and recorded while the Kentuckian combo was at work on their classic "At Dawn" LP, this "Fiasco" finds one of the band's best-ever jams, "Xmas Time Is Here Again": six minutes of glinting guitar harmonies, sleigh bells, and yearning vocal harmonies.
Zac Pennington, leader of Smiths-obsessed Portland out-pop outfit Parenthetical Girls, has called his Christmas-record obsession the product of a perverse fascination with the "weird sense of warmth mixed with the crass commercial cash-in. Rosie Thomas's Xmas LP succeeds, admirably, due to the unfailing earnestness of the endeavor.
Thomas, a devoted Christian whose faith influences her regular singer-songwriter gig, tackles the standards of the season with no shortage of inspiration, and the results are unbelievable. Happy to shift keys and change up tempos, she sets "Winter Wonderland" to a lazy shuffle of overlapping piano chords and brushed drums, and "O Come O Emmanuel" becomes an '80s synth-pop power ballad. Then, there's "Christmas Don't Be Late. The LP finds Saint Etienne flipping from groovy '60s pop to sad ballads, slyly avant-garde pieces, and pounding acid-house anthems.
It teeters on the brink of being a novelty album of novelty songs, but, really, that just makes it even more of a Christmas record. Zac Pennington—leader of Christmas-obsessed Portland orchestral-pop types Parenthetical Girls—so loved Christmas that, here, his pal Sam Mickens makes him a Christmas record.
But "A Christmas Gift to You, Zac Pennington" came out originally as a free-to-download gift for allespecially those with a fondness for left-field yuletides.
Here, the suicidal Dead Science leader and one-time Xiu Xiu member makes a suite of stripped-down, spartan takes on traditional songs, in which he stretches out syllables with torturous tremors, his wavering vibrato making lines such as "Fall on your knees!
Oh, hear the angel voices! Mickens' drunken delivery contrasts with the sober setting, his voice matched to solitary scratchy guitars, wonky synths, or on an abstract, a cappella take on "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" pure silence. Ward—aka She and Him—showed themselves as students of Phil Spector, unafraid of wearing their sentimental hearts on their sleeves. So a Christmas record seemed like a natural fit, with all the Wall of Sound, sleigh bell—jangling, Album) grandeur as the likely outcome.
It's the most "straight" Christmas record on this list, beautiful, sentimental, and devoid of transgression. The 42 tunes mix originals with traditionals and are reverent, ridiculous, whimsical, and achingly beautiful in varied measures.
Sometimes all at once. I find myself listening to "Vol. III," 's "Ding! More than two hours long, "Songs for Christmas" has surely soundtracked countless Christmas dinners already, Christmas Song - Table For 4 - Christmas With Table For 4 (CD. As if one five-disc Christmas box set wasn't enough to prove his obsession with seasonal records, here Saint Sufjan is shown to be a hopeless slave to that "creepy Christmas feeling" once more. If communal caroling is synonymous with Christmas for you, The Sweptaways shall surely put a giddy seasonal smile on your dial.
A strong, all-lady, Christmas Song - Table For 4 - Christmas With Table For 4 (CD cappella vocal co-op from Stockholm, the band members normally reinterpret Swedish indie-pop and '80s hits as chaotic torrents of harmonized voice, but, for Christmas purposes, they work in a more collaborative format.
This pair of EPs finds a pair of collaborations—which, with much overlap, appear on both discs—with crooner Magnus Carlsson, and there's even big piano chords, drums, and handclaps added to the normally vocal-only mix. For those who want to imagine that 30 Swedish women are caroling on their Christmas Song - Table For 4 - Christmas With Table For 4 (CD, it's hard to beat The Sweptaways' glorious take on The Concretes' "Lady December. Christmas Song - Table For 4 - Christmas With Table For 4 (CD her free via Bandcamp Christmas album, "Silent Night," Tennessean harpist-songwriter Timbre Cierpke dares to make a seasonal set of unvarnished sincerity and unadorned beauty, combatting the tradition toward tacky and ersatz with each achingly artful arrangement.
Blake Shelton brings his country sound to his "Cheers, it's Christmas. Favorite track: "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald adds some swing to Christmas songs with her holiday album. The quintessential upbeat Christmas pop song comes from Mariah Carey's album "Merry Christmas," released in The Jackson 5 deliver on their pop-soul style with the appropriately titled "Christmas Album.
Favorite track: "Mistletoe". Pop phenomenon Justin Bieber takes a crack at Christmas jams on this album. Harry Connick Jr. Connick Jr. Favorite track: "Last Christmas". Ariana Grande sings two original songs and two Christmas covers in this holiday album. Holiday chart at number one. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Interscope Records. Christmas Collection - Carpenters. Atlantic Records. Everyday Is Christmas - Sia.
Asthmatic Kitty Records. Songs for Christmas - Sufjan Stevens. Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance! Columbia Records. Cool Yule - Bette Midler. Universal Music. Christmas After Midnight - Fantasia. RCA Records. Wrapped In Red - Kelly Clarkson. RuCo Inc. Slay Belles - RuPaul. Todrick Hall " Sometimes you just need a break from all those repetitive Christmas standards that end up on every holiday album. Daptone Records. Capitol Nashville. Syco Music. Home for Christmas - Susan Boyle.
Merry Christmas Have a Nice Life! Philles Records. Republic Records. Holiday For Swing! A Pentatonix Christmas — Pentatonix. Saddle Creek Records. A Christmas Album — Bright Eyes. Cheers, it's Christmas. Merry Christmas — Mariah Carey. Christmas Album — Jackson 5.
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