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The Best Christmas Album In The World Ever
Member Name: blackviolets
The Best Christmas Album In The World Ever
Advantages: great choice of songs.
Disadvantages: preferred some of the songs not to of been sung by Ronan Keating, Kylie... no Last Christmas by Wham
Push aside your Christmas decorations, dinner, bright lights and mince pies, the thing which really gets me into the festive spirit is a good Christmas tune. I'm more inclined to prefer an older song than any of the newer ones aside from that Darkness track Don't let the bells end which sadly does not feature on this particular album. Instead I have to put up with Kylie Minogue singing Santa Baby and Stacie Orrico belting out O Come all Ye Faithful.
In total there are 44 songs spread over 2 discs so too many to go through especially when the majority of them you will probably have heard from the power of radio, TV or maybe just when you've been out shopping. At the moment I am sick to the back teeth of Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmas Time which seems to of been playing in Wilkinsons on repeat for the past month.
You have all of the classic favourites from Wizzard, Slade and Elton John all singing about how you should step into Christmas, wish it could happen every day and generally just hoping you have a good one. These tracks which are more popular with everyday radio during the Christmas period are found on CD number 1. If you want the more older type songs then flip over to number 2 where you can listen to Silent Night, In the Bleak Midwinter or maybe just one my favourites; White Christmas by Bing Crosby.
Despite the fact it's called The Best Christmas Album in the World Ever I have to disagree to a certain degree. Whilst the vast majority of the songs are still sung by either the original artists or the ones that we most recognize, they have ruined some of them by getting in slightly modern bands or singers to do their versions.
I don't particularily want to hear Ronan Keating and Maire Brennan (whoever she is) singing Fairy Tale Of New York, I want to hear The Pogues. Neither do I want to listen to Samantha Mumba doing a rendition of All I Want For Christmas. Or Kylie Minogue...or Robbie Williams...
Obviously on all compilation albums you're going to come across some songs which make you want to pull your ears off. For me on CD 1 it would be The Jackson 5 - Frosty The Snowman, Stevie Wonder - What Christmas Means To Me and Kylie Minogue - Santa Baby. But hey, that's what the skip buttons are for!
CD 2 is a lot more low key so to say. No christmas album would be complete without a bit of Cliff Richard and he starts and finishes off the second disc, with his very candy coated Mistletoe And Wine and The Millennium Prayer.
There's still some classics rooted in there. Aled Jones - Walking In The Air, Bing Crosby/David Bowie - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy, Dean Martin - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Bing Crosby - White Christmas.
My personal favourite to sing along to is The Spinners - Twelve Days Of Christmas. A live version!! So it's much more easier to get the words right because they're telling the audience the lines so they can sing along as well.
Stacie Orrico - O Come All Ye Faithful is one it could do without as well as Norah Jones - Peace.
We also have Michael Andrews & Gary Jules - Mad World. So if anybody out there is feeling miserable or down this year, might be wise to skip past this downright depressing song before the piano does its tinkling introduction.
'And I find it kind of funny, I find it kind of sad. The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had'
Don't get me wrong I do like the song, but just because it was a christmas number 1 doesn't mean you need to stick it on an album which has so far managed to be reasonably up beat. You wouldn't put Bob the Builders Can we Fix it? or Girls Alouds Sound of the Underground on a christmas album, (well I hope not anyway) so why put on a track which could make you want to put your head in a gas oven?
As I said it's a shame that the Darkness doesn't feature and Samantha Mumba does, even more so that Last Christmas by Wham is nowhere to be found. Always brings me back to Christmas parties back in primary school.
I've been playing this for album for about a week non stop whilst wrapping up my presents and putting the decorations up in my bedroom. This time next week I'll no doubt be sick of it and will want to shove Cliff Richard, Slade and Stevie Wonder back in the cupboard till next year. But until then I've 7 more days to relish in the jingle of sleigh bells, the yelling of Noddy Holders unmistakable voice and the high pitch of a young Aled Jones.
Festiveness in bucket loads!