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Media Type: CD
Artist: MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS
Title: MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS
Street Release Date: 11/05/2002
Genre: XMAS VOCAL COLLECTIONS
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However, this CD was a surprise... The songs are fun and different, but they all have a pleasant aspect to them so as not to make Grandma spit up her egg nog on Christmas Eve. The little kids will have a good time too, since there isn't anything along the lines of "F*@k Christmas" by Fear (imagine playing that one at the family reunion).
This disc will definitely be sitting toward the top of our holiday music pile when we dig out our Christmas CDs each year after Thanksgiving.
The Americans offer some pretty nifty Christmas gifts too. I've been enjoying the "Ben Folds Live" CD very much in recent days, and here he is with an amusing track called "Bizarre Christmas Incident." I expected an up-tempo "Winter Wonderland" from Phantom Planet, but instead they deliver a real cute little dance version. Jimmy Eat World gets more mellow than their usual frenetic pace on "12/23/95." The tracks from Vanessa Carlton, Neil Finn, and Loreena McKennitt are all excellent. This is one Christmas collection I'll be listening to for several holiday seasons to come.
"Winter Wonderland" Phantom Planet
"Maybe This Christmas" Ron Sexsmith
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Coldplay
"Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" Sense Field
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Barenaked Ladies w. Sarah McLachlan
I bought this album solely because of the Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". I wanted to play that song on my internet radio show and this is the only album I can find that has the song on it. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed most of the other songs as well. Most of the songs are performed nicely and are written in the Christmas spirit. However, beware of "Bizarre Christmas Incident" by Ben Folds. The song tries to appeal to country humor, but is neither funny nor respectful of country people--the song isn't really even a song and contains the only foul language of any of the tunes on the album. Overall, this is a nice album to play during Christmas time, but skip over "Bizarre Christmas Incident".
There are a lot of great originals in this collection that deserve to be heard for many Christmases to come. Probably the standout track is the last one - "Snow" by Loreena McKennitt. This track also appears on her "To Drive The Cold Winter Away" CD which is highly recommended (I'll be reviewing that one later).
The only flaw in this set is the Ben Folds track ("Bizarre Christmas Incident") which is just out of place in this collection of mostly serious and straightforward Christmas songs. Whenever it comes up, it just breaks the mood. Perhaps this track would have been better served on another more "uptempo" collection.
Besides the Loreena McKennitt song, other highlights include the eclectic version of "Winter Wonderland" by Phantom Planet, Ron Sexsmith's very fine "Maybe This Christmas" and Jimmy Eat World's fabulously done "12/23/95" which just keeps growing on you after each listen.
Coldplay has a cover of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" that is sort of flat. Not unpleasant to listen to but it doesn't go anywhere. Doesn't even sound like Coldplay.
Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan do a decent version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" but it is available on other compilations as well. As a collector, I wish bands would only put a given song on one compilation. If you are going to do multiple compilations, then please come up with new material!
Dan Wilson's "What A Year For A New Year" continues to grow on me as does Neil Finn's (of Split Enz and Crowded House) "Sweet Secret Peace.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has been a favorite of ours for years and mixes things up a bit. Greensleeves is just one of many really good songs.Published 11 days ago by loloagogo
Eleven years later this is still my favorite Christmas album. So much so, that I'm going to have to replace it since it got broken moving this year. Read morePublished 27 days ago by rachel f
This is the original CD I bought from Urban Outfitters many years ago. It has wonderful renditions of Christmas music...best 'Greensleeves' ever. Love it in my car.Published on December 16, 2013 by Bay Buyer
I love this cd series. The hubby and I enjoyed adding this to our Christmas music collection. I suggest getting all 3 discsPublished on January 17, 2013 by pettyolives
I couldn't find "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by the Barenaked Ladies anywhere else, so I just purchased the whole CD. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by K Town
I heard Coldplay sing Merry Little Christmas at my friend's house and really liked it. I wanted to get a copy of it but it wasn't on Itunes. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by awarren
Some good Holiday songs, more contemporary artists - a little change out of some old classicsPublished on December 27, 2009 by Dee
This CD has the traditional songs done by unique artists in unique ways. Some songs I could care if I ever heard again, others made me glad I bought the CD. Read morePublished on January 6, 2009 by Wyo Angela
Best holiday album in a LONG time. Best songs: Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer & Maybe This Christmas. Truly a wonderful addition to anyone's collection.Published on December 1, 2008 by J. Gaudet
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