Christmas Playlist 2011: All wrapped up
Christmas means many different things to many different people. For some it’s gifts, for some it’s chilling with the fam, for some it’s a time of worship. For me it’s […]
A perfect guilty pleasure if you like your Christmas songs with a modern twist. 3/5 jingle bells
TOWIE cast, Last Christmas
Calling all reality TV fans! If you thought your only reality TV Christmas song choice this year would be whatever drivel the X Factor contestants produced then think again. The cast of The Only Way is Essex have recorded a version of this Wham! classic all in the name of charity. Nearly-King of the Jungle Mark Wright is sadly absent but sister Jess lends her surprisingly good vocals to lead the gang assisted by crooner James ‘Arg’ Argent who appears to have gotten over the tragedy of his break up with Mark to continue on his quest to “bring back Dean Martin”. There’s not an overwhelming amount of participation from the rest of the cast, but the interjections of classic quotes from the series do add some humour and there’s no denying they look pretty reem in the video.
For those of you who like your Christmas reem. 3/5 jingle bells
She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas
Listening to this record is as delightful as sitting in front of a roaring fire in your pyjamas, with a steaming cup of cocoa in hand, munching on freshly baked mince pies still warm from the oven that your Granny just made while the lights on the Christmas tree twinkle in the background. The indie dreamsters have kept it simple with a combination of guitars, ukuleles, piano and gentle harmonies to compliment the dulcet tones of Zooey Deschanel. The result has a retro Californian vibe that leaves you feeling as warm and fuzzy as a Starbucks eggnog latte. Simply delicious!
A smooth and take on some Christmas favourites. 5/5 jingle bells
Lady Gaga, White Christmas
If this was not a wholly unbiased critical analysis of a selected array of seasonal releases, I would say “screw the rest and buy this”. But, oh who cares, it’s Christmas! Screw the rest and buy this. We’ve had Beiber with his trendy modern interpretations, The Killers doing country, She & Him being dreamy and TOWIE, well, being enthusiastic. But, being a traditionalist at heart, this gorgeous arrangement teamed with beautiful vocals really can do no wrong. This song really is classic Christmas music at its best. She even adds an extra verse about a lovely encounter with a snowman. Is there nothing this woman can’t do? Maybe we can get her to sort out Clarkson or those pensions?
A Christmas cracker. 5/5 jingle bells
Written by Anna McDonald, standing-room-only writer
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