Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Discs You Should be Spinning, Part 2

Barenaked for the Holidays -- Barenaked Ladies

Release Date -- October 5, 2004

This CD opens with a slow, almost melancholy intro before launching into Jingle Bells played as a polka. That silliness alone should tell you why I like this album so much.

But there's much more at play here. Don't be mistaken, there's plenty more silliness in here, including several synth-carols that would sound at home in the local ice-rink.

But there's also an awesome version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" with Sarah McLachlan that somehow combines BNL's quirky vocal style with McLachlan's ethereal voice.

There's also the notable inclusion of several Hanukkah songs, which you don't find on a lot of Christmas albums (and is why I chose this for today's posting -- there you go Mr. Acks (not that you visit my blog, but still....)

Bottom line -- this is the most fun Holiday CD I own. They even manage to make that perennial Band-Aid downer "Do They Know it's Christmas?" sound upbeat (seriously, who starts a song with the lyric "It's Christmastime, there's no need to be afraid"?!?).

Check it out here --

Here's a video of "Elf's Lament" (w/o Michael Buble, who pitches in on the CD version):
And here's the Amazon link with previews ("Christmas Pics" will make you smile.....)

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