Bah, Humbug! Only joking. Even this grumpy old soul of mine unfreezes when I see Christmas heralded by some festive tunes and good cheer. And that, as if the title didn’t give it away, is what this timely compilation album from Bongo Boy Records is all about. On it, they have gathered a wealth of artists with proven track records at delivering musical goods and asked them to contribute.
Like any Christmas compilation, you may know what you are going to get, at least lyrically speaking, but, as the arrangement and inclusions prove here, sonically, it can still be a dynamic, unexpected and thrilling ride.
Boys’ n’ Barry kick things off in good rocking fashion with the aptly named It’s Christmas Time, the sort of song that the festive season has been grooving to since the ’60s and here taking the format to even new heights before The NEW Bardots rock up with their even more raucous and euphoric rock and roll take Never Too Much Christmas.
The perfectly named Mark Winter ushers in his electro-pop take on things, and Christmas in the Air seems to build a bridge between the timeless crooners of the ’50s and the forward-thinking digital pop of the here-and-now and talking of the ’50s, Courtland Thomas’s Every Christmas Side by Side puts a gentle, rockabilly spin on things. A song that Elvis would have been proud to have had in his musical arsenal.
AnneMarie Picerno‘s Mr Santa puts her trademark vocals to great use, creating a timeless, grooving, infectious old-school rocker, and it is left to Gar Francis to create something more thoughtful and poignant, Palaces, being the perfect balance between upbeat enjoyment and more meaningful lyricism, something not often found in the holiday periods sonic fayre.
Wayne Olivieri gets us back on a more traditional path with I’m Glad It’s Christmas Time Again, building a bridge between pop music and more devotional music, a would-be epic in seasonal pop clothing, laced with heart and hope, a real contrast to his remix of I Love Christmas Time, a high octane, dance number or a banging, floor filler, as the kids might say.
Christmas Time in The Carolina Country sees David Scott Kocher turn in an upbeat ballad, pop beats driving a timeless style, and Studeo turns its gorgeous pop-rock style to the cause; It’s Christmas Time Again sounding like you have been listening to the tune all your life, the sign of a song with longevity, a future classic in the making.
Things end in refined style with Let’s Have A Rockin’ Christmas, Jackie Kringle & The Elves joining forces with Myke Scavone for the rawest, raucous, infectious, and unavoidable Christmas party tune.
You will always need a soundtrack to your Christmas party or to keep the house upbeat and in good cheer throughout the holidays, so why not take a break from the carols and devotional songs, the Christmas classics and cheeky pop standards? Bongo Boy has put together the perfect compilation to keep the season rocking. It’s their present to you. Happy Christmas, everyone…