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Maybe This Christmas CD

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A portion of the proceeds of this 13-song collection will benefit Toys For Tots. Tracks include ""Maybe This Christmas"" by Ron Sexsmith, ""God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"" by Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan, ""Snow"" by Loreena McKennitt, and ""Have Yourself" a Merry Little Christmas"" by Coldplay.
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Media Type: CD
Artist: MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS
Title: MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS
Street Release Date: 11/05/2002
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Genre: XMAS VOCAL COLLECTIONS

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Every holiday season produces at least one hip alternative rock Christmas CD. For 2002, it's Maybe This Christmas. Most of the 13 tracks here lean more toward the mellower portion of the alternative spectrum. The title track--a tender and poignant plea for peace and understanding by the wonderful Ron Sexsmith--basically sets the pace for things. Coldplay's Chris Martin proves he's no Sinatra on the band's fairly faithful, piano-driven "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," but there's still something endearing about his occasionally off-key but totally sincere delivery. Jack Johnson puts an apt--and quite amusing--spin on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (in which Rudolph takes the other reindeers to task for ridiculing him), and Phantom Planet do their best Everly Brothers crossed with Weezer thing and come off entirely likable on the ancient "Winter Wonderland." Most surprising, however, is Sense Field's cover of John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)." It's one of those songs that pretty much belongs to its creator, but the band's take on this classic is, in its own way, as enjoyable as John and Yoko's original. --Bill Holdship

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Winter Wonderland - Phantom Planet
  2. Maybe This Christmas - Ron Sexsmith
  3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Coldplay
  4. Green Sleeves - Vanessa Carlton
  5. Blue Christmas - Bright Eyes
  6. Happy Christmas (War IS Over) - Sense Field
  7. 12/23/95 - Jimmy Eat World
  8. Rudolph - Jack Johnson
  9. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan
  10. Bizarre Christmas Incident - Ben Folds
  11. What a Year for a New Year - Dan Wilson
  12. Sweet Secret - Neil Finn
  13. Snow - Loreena McKennitt


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • ASIN: B00006L9NX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I buy two or three Christmas CDs each year, and thought I was taking a chance on this one because most "modern" or "alternative" collections of Christmas music are a little too hyper or eclectic for every family member to enjoy during the holiday season.
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.
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Christmas music can service a variety of moods including reverence and nostalgia, but Maybe This Christmas is pure entertainment. I haven't had this much fun listening to a Christmas CD in several years! Being on a Canadian label (Nettwerk), several of the artists are from Canada. It's OK, though, as these are my favorite Canadians! Ron Sexsmith's title cut is especially charming, and I don't ever remember hearing a more swingin' take on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" than the Barenaked Ladies version with Sarah McLachlan.
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.
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MAYBE THIS CHRISTMAS is a collection of Christmas songs performed by a variety of alternative artists. About half of the songs on the album are traditional Christmas songs while the other half are new Christmas songs. My favorite songs on the album are:
"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".
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This is an outstanding CD- one that everyone can listen to.... but the one thing that the reviews do not mention is the comedy bit that is at the end. This is one of the funniest christmas moments that i have ever listened to, and if you have kids- and have to attend christmas things that you might not like to attend, i promise that you will laugh. Don't drive the first time! The BNL tune is catchy and has harmonies that i adore- and the recording was totally unplanned- just happened at a detroit concert. Beware the Cat tune--tears will flow. The Midevel babes are fantstic- its all great! Enjoy!
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By Ed S. on March 28, 2016
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I picked up the CD during my annual quest for interesting and alternative Christmas music. It was a really fun compilation of indie artists doing Christmas music. As usual with most compilations, there were some hits and some misses, but I liked it a lot.
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I'm not much of a Christmas song fan, but I love this CD--I bought it mostly because of Dan Wilson, but I really enjoy all of the songs on it so far. Ben Folds's "Bizarre Christmas Incident" is bizarre indeed. Dan Wilson's "What a Year for a New Year" is gorgeous. Jack Johnson's new verses for Ruldolph are lovely as well, and all in all, I recommend this to anyone looking for a slightly different twist on conventional Christmas songs.
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This was one of several Christmas compilations I bought last year (I collect Christmas music) and after having a year to digest them, this one comes out on top as the best Christmas CD of 2002.
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.
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