ALBUM REVIEW: Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler “This Is Christmas”

Record Label: Infectious Music
Release Date: 21.11.11

“Bah, humbug!” No, that’s too strong
‘Cause it is my favourite holiday
But all this year’s been a busy blur
Don’t think I have the energy…”

As much as the festive season is about seeing family and friends, it is also about the little rituals that each family treasure and repeat year in year out throughout the generations. In my home it is a mug of hot chocolate and a Christmas album on the CD player whilst putting up the decorations. This year I shall be abandoning my favourite “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses in favour of Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler’s forthcoming Christmas collection, “This Is Christmas”.

Comprising nine original songs and an obligatory cover, it was initially started after the pair were grounded by snowstorms last December. There’s a danger of the sentimental overload that some Christmas albums can create but the endearing nostalgia, eclectic homage to great pop songs and the fact that both Tim and Emmy know their way around a good melody means the songs melt even the most Scrooge-esque person.

“Home for the Holidays” and “Sleigh Me” remind you of the importance of seeing those loved ones at Christmas, while “Christmas Day (I wish I was surfing)” is a homage to the Beach Boys and will have my house dancing round the tree with glitter and baubles everywhere. All that is needed now is the finest obligatory funky knitwear and maybe a touch of snow and I shall be ready for Christmas…

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Rachael Preece 


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