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Holidays Rule (2012)

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Format: CD
Sku: 241887561
UPC: 888072340459
UPC 14: 00888072340459
Release Date: 10/30/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sleigh Ride ~ Various Artists
2. Wonderful Christmastime - The Shins ~ Various Artists
3. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Rufus Wainright - (featuring Sharon Van Etten) ~ Various Artists
4. Christmas Song, The (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) ~ Various Artists
5. (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man with the Bag - (featuring Sallie Ford) ~ Various Artists
6. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day ~ Various Artists
7. Green Grows The Holly ~ Various Artists
8. We Need A Little Christmas ~ Various Artists
9. That's What I Want for Christmas - Holly Golightly ~ Various Artists
10. May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas - (featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band) ~ Various Artists
11. Blue Christmas ~ Various Artists
12. Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me ~ Various Artists
13. It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas - Fruit Bats ~ Various Artists
14. Se¤or Santa [Mister Santa] ~ Various Artists
15. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Punch Brothers ~ Various Artists
16. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? ~ Various Artists
17. Auld Lang Syne ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Sara Matarazzo; Chris Funk

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Sharon Van Etten
Muze Guest Artist Sallie Ford
Muze Guest Artist Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/30/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : HRM 34045
Music Label Name Label : Hear Music
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072340459

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