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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2009
While waiting impatiently for their next holiday album, I was delighted to see that Straight No Chaser had released an EP. I listened to the samples, then downloaded the entire group of songs. They've been playing on rotation all evening, and I still can't get enough of a couple of them.
The good: The harmonies are tight, music is lovely, and the songs "I'm Yours/Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "Signed, Sealed, and Delivered" are absolutely delightful. I've never heard a version of "Rainbow" that I've liked--even Judy Garland sounded sappy, IMHO--but this was a pleasant surprise. "You Send Me" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" are charming, and a joy to listen to, although they don't sparkle quite as much as the other two songs I mentioned. They're still excellent, and I'd love to see them performed live, I was just hoping for something that had more snap.
The bad: "Rehab" was surprisingly flat, for Straight No Chaser. It's very well done, but I expected it to be more exuberant. "Man Who Can't Be Moved" is truly beautiful, it's just bloody sad, and after a few listens, I clicked it off on the iPod lineup. For those not looking for peppy happy music, you'll love it.
Conclusion: The entire EP is well worth purchasing, this is the Straight No Chaser that we all fell in love with, and it's enough of their gorgeous sound in a non-holiday format to keep fans happy until their next album, Christmas Cheers, comes out. Some of the songs are mellower than the fan favorite "Twelve Days of Christmas", but they're all very good. Buy it, you won't regret it!