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If you celebrate Christmas or not, are into Low or not, I think I can still safely recommend it objectively as a great Christmas record. "Little Drummer Boy" is a song that usually bugs me (except maybe the David Bowie/Bing Crosby version) but Low gives it a spooky electronic buzz that I highly recommend experiencing late at night while surrounded by christmas lights. "Blue Christmas" gets a more traditional, but no less gorgeous treatment. Mimi's voice wraps around Alan's guitar with a sensuality that nicely balances the Christian/family vibe present on most of the rest of the songs. The original songs here are mostly more ponderous, "Long Way Around The Sea" has a funereal touch that seems a bit more suited to Easter. But then that's Low.
For a generally cynical person, this record makes me all melty and happy. The aural equivalent of coming in from the snow and sitting in front of a fire. I'll probably buy it for my parents this year. Maybe not everyone will love it as much as I do, but it's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying at least one of the songs on here. Love it, hug it, take it home.
It's nearly Christmas as I write this, and I realized that I haven't listened to this CD since last winter. The title, cover art and some of the songs may be about Christmas, or just winter in general, but the music itself is inviting any time of year (something I will have to remember myself).
If you are a fan of Low, and you appreciate their sparse sound and the incredibly slow pace of their music, then you should like Christmas.
Other great songs include the cover Blue Christmas, Long Way Around the Sea and If You Were Born Today, which is as depressing a song as I have ever heard possibly outside Leonard Cohen or Arab Strap, but is unquestioningly beautiful.
By the way, to the reviewer from Shelton, I believe the lyric which you were wondering about was "by age eight." Like I said -- depressing, but beautiful.
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What a nice little record and gem of music. I can't really say anything bad about it. Gives off a nice folky vibe hushed up and dramatic as they have ever been. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Crank
My initial feelings: Low key...no, melancholy. Perhaps an I'm-giddy-at-Christmas kind of guy like me should stick to lighter offbeat stuff like the Roche sisters' Christmas album... Read morePublished 16 months ago by D. Durham
This is a beautiful album and boy does mimi rogers voice sound out brilliantly with the lead... haunting yet beautiful. Christmas songs you can't go wrongPublished on October 2, 2013 by swypequay
Short but quite sweet release of Low's own slant on the holiday plus a few special covers makes this one of the only Christmas themed releases I can think of which should be... Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by IRate
My favorite of Low's albums. I do not celebrate Christmas, but can still appreciate their renditions of timeless classics. Read morePublished on December 21, 2007 by H. Williams
but the line is - If you were born today - they'd kill you by age eight.
do yourself a favor and get your hands on their music and let it whisper into your soul
Anyone wondering why Christmas has become a spiritual wasteland should perhaps hear this a few times. Read morePublished on December 8, 2001 by Mark Champion
Awesome! 2 yrs ago I found the Low Christmas CD in a store called Secret Sounds. I have a decent Christmas music collection, but wasn't familiar with Low. Read morePublished on August 17, 2001
. . . this has the version of "The Little Drummer Boy" which is used in the Christmas TV ads by GAP. Read morePublished on December 18, 2000