November 26, 2013

Christmas Albums – Which is the best one of the last five years?
by Tom
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Christmas Albums – Which is the best one of the last five years?

In honour of Kelly Clarkson’s new Christmas album Wrapped In Red, which features the former American Idol champ running through a number of Christmas standards as well as some new hits like ‘Underneath The Tree’ (which you can hear at the bottom of the page), hmv.com has decided to run the rule over the best Christmas albums of the last five years. We begin with She & Him…

 

She & Him – A Very She & Him Christmas

 

Who ‘s made it?

She & Him. That’s Zooey Deschanel (her of New Girl fame) and uber producer M.Ward (he’s worked with Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket and Norah Jones to name but a few).

Does it have a suitably festive title?

A Very She & Him Christmas. Par for the course.

Covers or originals?

All covers. The pair cover all the basics, with the likes of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ and ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ on there.

Is it any good?

It’s very pretty and pristine, but quite cool and cold at the same time. The tunes fly by though and Zoeey has a lovely voice. A true alternative Christmas album. 

 

 

Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great – This Is Christmas

 

Who ‘s made it?

So this is Tim Wheeler, frontman of Ash and singer-songwriter Emmy The Great.

Does it have a suitably festive title?

This Is Christmas. Yes it is.

Covers or originals?

All originals, so props to them for that.

Is it any good?

It’s very good. As well as being great fun, it wholeheartedly embraces the festive season, without being snarky and knowing in the process. The songs (in particular ‘Home For The Holidays’ and ‘Happy Christmas (I Wish I Was Surfing)’ are pretty damn catchy too.

 

This Is Christmas
This Is Christmas Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler
Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great
Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great
Bad Religion
Bad Religion

Bad Religion – Christmas Songs

 

Who’s made it?

Legendary punks Bad Religion. They’ve made 16 studio albums and released tonnes of brilliant punk rock goodness. If you’re new to them, you should catch up, they’re brilliant.

Does it have a suitably festive title?

Christmas Songs. None of these titles mess about do they?

Covers or originals?

Covers. Well standards, it’s basically seven Christmas carols (including ‘Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing) and one established standard (White Christmas. What else?) given the Bad Religion treatment, which is no bad thing.

Is it any good?

It’s really good fun. Replacing sleigh bells and choirs with spiky guitars work surprisingly well with the band sacrificing nothing in the process.

 

 

Scott Weiland – The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

 

Who’s made it?

Scott Weiland, the iconic ex-frontman of grunge rocker Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N’Roses spin-off Velvet Revolver.

Does it have a suitably festive title?

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. Depends who you ask really…

Covers or originals?

Covers. All American classics like ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’.

Is it any good?

Mostly, some of the covers are a bit ropey and the cracks and grit in Weiland’s voice doesn’t necessarily suit the material, but it’s a noble attempt.

 

 

Lady Antebellum - On This Winter’s Night

 

Who’s made it?

Lady Antebellum. Multi-million selling, truckloads of tickets shifting, US country rockers.

Does it have a suitably festive title?

On This Winter’s Night. Yeah, that’ll get you there.

Covers or originals?

Almost entirely covers, but the title track was written by the trio for the album. They rattle through the usual array of tracks including a surprisingly downbeat version of ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and a stripped back ‘Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’.

Is it any good?

It’s very American, very country, very polished and very polite, but it’ll tinkle away in the background nicely.

 

So Which One’s The Best?

Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great. It’s the most fun of the bunch with some great tunes to boot.

 

Kelly Clarkson - 'Underneath the Tree'

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