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2009 EP featuring six dazzling, never-before-released holiday songs from A Fine Frenzy.

Track listing:

1. Blue Christmas

2. Winter Wonderland

3. Redribbon Foxes

4. Winter White

5. Wish You Well

6. Christmas Time Is Here


Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B002UU00KS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #793,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ferdinand von Prondzynski on November 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a real treat for A Fine Frenzy Fans. Following the acclaimed album 'One Cell in the Sea', and the hugely successful follow-up 'Bomb in a Birdcage', Alison Sudol and her band have now released this special EP of Christmas songs old and new. How does it compare with what went before? Well, the first thing to note is that this was co-produced by Alison Sudol herself, and in fact the result is particularly pleasing. The production is more under-stated than in the first two albums, giving more space to Sudol's quite extraordinarily beautiful voice; but at the same time the subtle instrumentation creates a particularly lyrical backdrop, and you can hear piano (of course), guitar, mandolin, trumpet, wurlitzer, cornet and French horn, as well as drums and percussion. Her band has been augmented, and the tracks suggest that the new team are working well together.

And the songs? The three 'old' songs will be known to most, but still you will find them different from the classic versions. Listen to 'Winter Wonderland', for example. Of course we all know the song, but have we ever listened to the lyrics, really? Now listen to the way Sudol interprets them, bringing out some perhaps unexpected nuances and under-currents. In fact, under-currents perhaps are the theme of the CD: the ups and downs of Christmas, and the capacity of the season to reinforce sadness and disappointment as well as joy and contentment. Her own two songs 'Winter White' and 'Wish you well' are examples of that.

But even if there were no other reasons for buying this EP (and there are plenty), a clincher is the song 'Redribbon Foxes', which in my opinion is her best song ever, even slightly eclipsing the amazing 'Almost Lover'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By birdlady on January 23, 2014
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I have been collecting Christmas music for years and am always looking for new and unique music, I like my old standbys but I love alternative Christmas music a lot! This is so perfect and was so enjoyed by all this Christmas. I absolutely LOVE it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Cuellar on December 19, 2009
Format: Audio CD
A Fine Frenzy's "Oh Blue Christmas" is truly something fresh and different for your holiday mix, or indeed any time of year; while there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of the songs covered on this EP - Blue Christmas, Winter Wonderland, and Christmas Time Is Here - the treatment they receive here goes above and beyond simply switching instruments around and having a different vocalist. They're still very recognizable, but you'll find them in a whole new flavor here.

The album's two high peaks, in my opinion, are the original "Redribbon Foxes" and the cover of "Christmas Time Is Here"; these two even stand out as some of A Fine Frenzy's best achievements.

"Redribbon Foxes" is nearly indescribable in its beauty and depth; it's full of a folk feel, and while uptempo, is a strange mix of melancholic and hopeful, touching on themes of fulfillment and emptiness atop haunting guitar and effects you may find familiar to One Cell In The Sea, their 2007 first release. It's a Christmas song, yes, but at the same time, it's universal to all seasons.

"Christmas Time Is Here" of Charlie Brown fame receives a similar update to A Fine Frenzy's sound, again reminiscent of their first album in its sparse arrangement for piano, the occasionally guitar slide, and strings and brass in its latter half. The song is at once true to the original and something completely new.

The other four tracks of the EP vary greatly, and are also quite remarkable; Blue Christmas retains melancholy but is also somewhat upbeat, and Winter Wonderland comes across lightheartedly. Winter White and Wish You Well are more of the Bomb in a Birdcage variety, being more instrument-heavy and uptempo, though no less thoughtful and emotive.
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By M. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Oh Blue Christmas by A Fine Frenzy is a six song EP that leaves you wanting more but feeling grateful for what you got. The group's interpretations of three old Christmas standards (Blue Christmas, Winter Wonderland and Christmas Time is Here), and stellar performance of three new Alison Sudol songs (Redribbon Foxes, Winter White and Wish You Well) prove to be ethereal, haunting, unique and unforgettable. This is a Christmas CD that is beautiful enough to play year round and different enough to almost defy classification. I am buying it for everyone I know.
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