Songwriters:Matthew Thiessen, whoever wrote the Christmas songs we hear so often
Genres:Rock, pop-rock, holiday, punk
Notes:Album art taken from Amazon.
General Thoughts:Before December even gets here, you can find countless holiday-themed albums. Most of the tracks here are old classics. The band took a few and turned them into rock tracks, which depending on your taste, may spice them up or spoil them. The original songs are often calmer and more depressing.
This one is actually a re-release of the band's first Christmas album, Deck The Halls, Bruise Your Hand. The difference between the two are a few extra songs. If you already have the first one, just (legally) download the new tracks. If not, then pick this up because there are a few must-have songs here.
Overall, this is the kind of album you can listen to year after year.
1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Thoughts: A calm, well-wishing opener. This stays at a soft rock level. I recommend it.
2. Sleigh Ride
Thoughts:This holiday classic starts out gently, then gets harder as it continues. Enjoyable.
3. Merry Christmas, Here's To Many More
Thoughts:An original song about family and hope that puts you in a calm mood.
4. Angels We Have Heard On High
Thoughts:The first rocking-out song on the album. How much you like it depends on how much you enjoy rock or this particular song.
5. Deck The Halls
Thoughts:More rock with some fa-la-las. This one's pretty short.
6. 12 Days Of Christmas
Thoughts:A rock and roll version of the old classic, with a couple additional lyrics added for humor. I like it.
7. Silent Night/Away In A Manger
Thoughts:This one does not get turned into a rock track. It simple sings a few lines from each song, keeping it at an appropriate mood. And I think it's a pretty good mash-up of the songs.
8. I Celebrate The Day
Thoughts:This is the second song in a group of three quieter tracks. It is my least favorite song on the album, because of the lyrics. Plus three quiet songs in a row start to make me sleepy, so I just skip it.
9. In Like A Lion (Always Winter)
Thoughts:Inspired by C.S. Lewis's book, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe. It's about it being winter but not Christmas. The last few lines address God. Pretty good.
10. I'm Getting Nuttin' For Christmas
Thoughts:The band shows their silly side here. This is good for a laugh.
11. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Thoughts:Very much a rock track. It is partially based on the song of the same title, but with some additions made. So-so.
12. Santa Claus Is Thumbing To Town
Thoughts:No, that's not a misspelling. This is another original song. In it, things are a disaster at the North Pole. Santa can't even use his sleigh, cause it's in the shop. Kind of funny.
13. Handel's Messiah
Thoughts:How can you go wrong with a minute of continuous hallelujahs?
14. I Hate Christmas Parties
Thoughts:This is actually a solo project by Matt Thiessen. When I saw the title, I was expecting silly. Instead, I got sad, not that I'm complaining. This is easily one of my favorite contemporary Christmas songs.
15. Boxing Day
Thoughts:This is not a Christmas song. It's about the end of the holiday. It keeps with the quiet mood set by the previous song. It's better for after Christmas, not before.
16. Auld Lang Syne
Thoughts:Part way through this, you hear the band thanking you for buying their album and wishing you a happy holiday. Okay, I guess.
17. Good King Wenceslas
Thoughts:This feels like more of a bonus track. The vocals are pretty weird, being effeminately high at first, then really deep (at which point the singer fails to contain his laughter).
© 2013 by M.R.R.