Holidays Rule CD (2012)

Artist: Various

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on 12/7/2012

This is a really great CD with funky versions of classic holiday songs. I especiallly love Senior Santa! What a great idea to add a little twist to the Christmas favorites. They're all great!

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Label Hear Music/universal
SKU 241887561
UPC 888072340459
UPC 14 00888072340459
Format CD
Release Date 10/30/2012
Author Various
Technical Info
Producer Sara Matarazzo; Chris Funk
CatalogID HRM 34045
Lable Name Hear Music
Released 10/30/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 37s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00888072340459
Musical Guests
Sharon Van Etten
Sallie Ford
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Aural Apothecary Studios; Avatar Studio A, New York, NY; Avatar Studios, New York, NY; Camp Esco Studios, GA; Industrial Oaks, Austin, TX; Metropolis Studios, London, UK; Midnight Sun Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Preservation Hall, New Orleans, LA; Search Party West, Portland, OR; Studio Litho, Seattle, WA; Tucson, AZ; Type Foundry; ValveTone Studios, New York, NY; Washington, DC.
Collections of holiday music are a lot like the holiday season itself: not without some magic, but after a few of them you kind of know what you're in for. While that may sound like a cynical assessment, it's not meant to be. Holiday music, Christmas songs in particular, become pervasively ubiquitous, with countless renditions of ageless seasonal tunes showing up every year some weeks before Thanksgiving and sticking around until the year changes. Holidays Rule attempts to shake up the standard holiday listening with a cross section of artists ranging from ragtag indie acts to legitimate pop icons having a go at time-honored Christmas classics and wintry holiday songs. The collection features contributions from 17 diverse acts, and at its best, the material succeeds in offering an exciting perspective on songs we've all heard in every shopping center and dentist office around the holidays since what feels like the beginning of time. Fun. open the set with a slickly produced pop-friendly version of "Sleigh Ride." The pristine arrangement and enormous drums drive the song and turn an often benign tune into something actually pretty exciting. Likewise the Shins' take on Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" does not disappoint, re-envisioning the song in a overt homage to Brian Wilson's saturated Pet Sounds-era productions. McCartney himself shows up a few tracks later with a sweet and standard reading of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Eleanor Friedberger from Fiery Furnaces offers the weirdest selection with "Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me." The song begins in a regular faux jazz-pop style, breaking down into an overly long section of hypnotic dubbed-out chanting and marimba vamping. More than once on Holidays Rule, bands turn in dire, almost depressive renditions of public domain songs. Calexico's melodramatic over-orchestrated take on "Green Grows the Holly" and the Civil Wars' indie folk dirge "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" both drag the collection down with their heavy-handedness. Though the collection has several standouts and a few duds, much of Holidays Rule is as straightforward as it comes, with unremarkable versions of holiday songs by very good names like the Fruit Bats, Holly Golightly, and Irma Thomas backed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among others. At its best, the collection is spirited fun, and at its worst it's inoffensive background music, but it falls short of the adventurous spin on the holiday times it sets out for. ~ Fred Thomas
Disc 1
1 Sleigh Ride
2 Wonderful Christmastime - The Shins
3 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Rufus Wainright - (featuring Sharon Van Etten)
4 Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
5 (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man with the Bag - (featuring Sallie Ford)
6 I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
7 Green Grows The Holly
8 We Need A Little Christmas
9 That's What I Want for Christmas - Holly Golightly
10 May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas - (featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
11 Blue Christmas
12 Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me
13 It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas - Fruit Bats
14 Se¤or Santa [Mister Santa]
15 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Punch Brothers
16 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
17 Auld Lang Syne

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