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Holidays Rule

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 30 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B009A9EKGM
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By sophie on Jan. 5 2014
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Was disappointed in this CD .. Thought it was a compilation disc and it isn't. Don't know who does the singing but I didn't care for their voices or the songs they sang. Not good.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I'm already in the Christmas mood thanks to this record. Original and fun. Oct. 30 2012
By Storylover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm finding myself in the Christmas spirit already due to a pair of albums just released. Katharine Jenkins just released a Christmas album that is lovely and traditional, with a big orchestra and an elegant feel. That album is a wonderful accompaniement to night time, but I'm gonna need something peppier to listen to as I decorate the tree with the kids, and Holidays Rule fits that bill perfectly. Starting off with a really fun (I know, I went there) rendition of Sleigh Ride by (you guessed it) Fun., the album is full of original and delightful versions of Christmas classics. McCartney's "The Christmas Song" is such a pleasure--his voice sounds 30 years younger. "Green Grows the Holly" is done by Calexico (one of my fave bands), and Holly Golightly reminds us again why she is so incredible with her perfect rendition of "That's What I Want for Christmas". If you want to enjoy Christmas tunes you know in some delightful arrangements (including the marvellous "Wonderful Christmastime" by the Shins), then pick this album up. Great fun, good spirit. Simply having a Wonderful Christmastime.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Can't stop listening to this music!!! Nov. 3 2012
By doxie lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The tunes are uplifting and not your usual Christmas music. Honestly, I am in my early 60's & am not familiar with all the performers but LOVE them all. "Santa Bring my baby back to me" by Eleanor Friedberger is my favorite. The Shins & Heartless Bastards also great groups. Buy this CD now. Your mood will brighten after listening to this conglomerate of new artists (& some not so new-Paul McCartney for one).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Pumps Freshness Into Holiday Favorites Nov. 18 2012
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
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"Holidays Rule" is a great collection with different artists pumping freshness into familiar holiday favorites. Fun's version of the Leroy Anderson classic "Sleigh Ride" sails on a great orchestral arrangement with a pumping beat. The Shins do a smashing job on Paul McCartney's now-classic "Wonderful Christmastime" with the vocals working well with the peppy beat that drives the track, "The party's on, the spirit's up; We're here tonight & that's enough!" Rufus Wainwright puts on his best croon with his and Sharon Van Etten's voices blending seductively over the piano arrangement on "Baby, It's Cold Outside." I'd read a critical review about Paul McCartney's recording of "The Christmas Song" as being too traditional and lacking energy. While it is a laid-back track, I find Paul's vocals warm and endearing. Irma Thomas totally riveted my attention when "May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas" came on during my first play of this set. Irma has such a lovely powerful voice that has just a tinge of wear that makes a line like "May every day be a happy day," sound like it's coming from one who has done a lot of living. Gorgeous! Chris Thiel who was a prominent part of Nickel Creek does a stunning version on "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" with the bluegrass touches only adding to the elegance of the track and Chris' vocals embracing this lovely melody. Other tracks like the Civil Wars' contribution and that of AgesandAges are also great. This is an excellent holiday collection, well worth adding to your holiday mix! Merry Christmas! Enjoy!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This may be my favorite "Holiday" record - great cross-genre choices! Nov. 17 2012
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's not even Thanksgiving and I'm already playing this "Holiday" CD a lot! That says something. Producers Sara Matarazzo and Chris Funk (love Chris' last name for a MUSIC producer!) have compiled 17 original performances from Rock, Pop, Singer-songwriter, folk and jazz artists in the wonderfully tuneful album. They are all standards but with new interpretations. What's great is that those coming for the exclusive Paul McCartney track ("The Christmas Song") will discover NOLa's legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band (50 years and still making great music!)WITH Irma Thomas! ("May Every Day Be Christmas Day") and The Heartless Bastards ("Blue Christmas"). The Fruit Bats, Y La Bamba and AgesandAges were new groups for me. Even the closer, "Auld Lang Syne", by pop violinist Andrew Bird, has a jazz swing feel (with a bit of bluegrass mixed in.)

Another review complained that the CD is called "Holidays Rule" in the US while the CD is called "Christmas Rules" in the UK. The former title makes more sense. After all "What are You Doing New Year's Eve?" and "Baby It's Cold Outside?" are NOT Christmas songs. The first is a secular holiday song and the latter is a Winter Song - never mentioning a holiday. And the aforementioned "Auld Lang Syne" track is for December 31st around the world.

This one is gonna be played a lot this year in my house!

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
New recordings for Christmas 2012 Dec 14 2012
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
All the tracks were recorded specifically for this album, though at least some of the songs and some of the artists will be familiar to you. I think all the songs are covers; certainly most are, but I'm not sure about a couple of them. As for the artists, there are several who I don't recognize.

The artists I recognize from my CD collection are Rufus Wainwright (although his only previous appearance in my CD collection is via his contribution to The McGarrigle Christmas hour; he is, of course, a son of one of the McGarrigle sisters), Paul McCartney (who wrote one song here but performs a different song). Chris Thile (here as a member of the Punch brothers; he is in my CD collection as a member of Nickel Creek) and Irma Thomas (who recorded some brilliant soul music in the sixties; good to see that she is still active and in fine form). I'm sure I've heard of Holly Golightly somewhere, but I'll confess to total ignorance about the rest. Still, the music is of a high quality as I expected they would be, based on Macca's participation.

Macca's voice sounds better than one might expect of a man his age on a fine rendition of The Christmas song. Meanwhile, the Shins contribute a decent version of Macca's Wonderful Christmastime, although I still prefer the original.

I don't remember previously hearing Green grows the holly, apparently written by King Henry VIII. Elsewhere, it has been claimed that he is the writer of Greensleeves and / or What child is this (neither of which are featured here) and that he wrote other songs, but this is the first of those other songs that I've come across. Meanwhile, I see that the writer of Auld lang syne (Robert Burns, the famous poet) receives no credit, but although the very distinctive version of Auld lang syne (by Andrew Bird) took some getting used to. It`s wonderful.

Apart from Green grows the holly, the other song that I didn't recognize from the title was Senor Santa (Mister Santa) by Y La Bamba (with vocals by Luz Elena Mendoza), which is actually a version of the old fifties classic Mr Sandman (Chordettes) with modified lyrics - or maybe these lyrics are the originals and Mr Sandman came later.

It's great to hear another version of Everybody's waitin' for the man with the bag. I love Kay Starr's original, but I don't remember hearing another version. Sallie Fisher and Black Prince do the song full justice.

I also enjoyed Blue Christmas, given a country arrangement with a pedal steel guitar, with superb vocals by Erika Wennerstom. Her band's name is guaranteed to wind some people up, but at least it is unforgettable. That track is immediately followed by Santa bring my baby back to me, performed by another excellent female vocalist, Eleanor Friedberger, whose very name makes me feel hungry.

This is a magnificent multi-artist album that appears to benefit from having the same production team on every track. At some point, I hope to properly investigate some of the artists hitherto unknown to me, but for now I am pleased to have discovered them at all.

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