A Christmas Album: Red Vinyl LP
A Christmas Album: Red Vinyl LP
Bright Eyes

A Christmas Album: Red Vinyl LP

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Label: Dead Oceans
Release Date: 10th November

Imagine Bright Eyes making A Christmas Album... it's exactly the kind of xmas record you'd expect from Conor and Co, it's got warmth in a melancholy as they take on some classics including Blue Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, White Christmas, Little Town of Bethlehem... the old school standards get you a wee fuzzy inside but ya know, Bright Eye'd.

Bright Eyes’ Christmas Album begins with a piano, flute, ambient noise, and musical saw-driven version of “Away in a Manger,” helping weed out casual Christmas music enjoyers, but all too tempting for the most devout of Conor Oberst’s disciples, who originally learned that the warmth of the holiday season is trumped only by its potential for melancholy back in 2002 with the original Saddle Creek release. Oberst and a small army of friends at his house proceed to jamboree through Christmas classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,” Holiday cheer, when delivered with Oberst’s trademark tremble, sounds more like a lament than it does hymns of ecclesiastical joy. But the spirited listener will find that the fragile, homespun, and somewhat blinkered vibe that permeates the album sets itself apart from the bog-standard, less sonically humble offerings of the holidays, and, both strangely and satisfyingly, is probably more aligned with the true spirit of the season.

1) Away In A Manger
2) Blue Christmas
3) Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem
4) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5) The First Noel
6) Little Drummer Boy
7) White Christmas
8) Silent Night
9) Silver Bells
10) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11) The Night Before Christmas

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