First of all, before I hear the chorus of "boos" and "bah humbugs", I would like to say that I am a big fan of the Barenaked Ladies. I have seen them in concert twice and I own several of their CDs. They have amazing voices that lend to beautiful harmonies that are not offered by many bands out there.
And with that being said, I was completely disappointed with their Christmas album. I was expecting the Barenaked Ladies' typical energy and harmonies and was disappointed in both areas. "Jingle Bells" was downright depressing and WHO can make "Jingle Bells" depressing? I mean, come on! It's "Jingle Bells"!
I felt ripped off with the instrumental songs on the CD. It should have been mentioned in the title list on the back of the CD to warn consumers. If there is one thing that I do not know The Barenaked Ladies for it is there instrumentals -- and with good reason. Boring.
Overall, I felt that The Barenaked Ladies energy was mostly absent from this CD.
For a great Christmas complilation, check out Holly Cole's xmas album. You will also be treated to a FANTASTIC duet between her and Ed Robertson.
In conclusion, the reason that I give my review two stars is for two reasons :
Star #1 it's the Barenaked Ladies. Hello!
Star #2 track number ten, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" with Sarah McLachlan. If the entire CD had been like this song, it would have been a FIVE STAR review for sure!
Well, it's $15 of my money I will never get back. I will simply keep playing the one or two tracks that I love over and over again and satisfy myself with that.