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Oh Blue Christmas

A Fine FrenzyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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PINES, Alison Sudol's third full-length as A Fine Frenzy (release date: October 9, 2012), is a fable about a pining tree who is given the unheard-of chance (for a conifer) to make a life of her own choosing. Drawing inspiration from the redwood forests and dramatic landscapes of Northern California and Washington's Cascade Mountains, the thirteen new original songs survey a sonic ... Read more in Amazon's A Fine Frenzy Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B002UU00KS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Seasonal beauty 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Fresh and Awesome 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a Christmas EP December 29, 2012
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I do not particularly care for Christmas music but I love A Fine Frenzy so I decided to give this a shot. It is short and sweet and I like the original songs better than the traditional songs we have all heard a million times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine EP December 31, 2009
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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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