By Amy Sondova Last year Relient K released their first full-length Christmas album; this year they’re releasing it again with three new songs available for digital download (“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Silver Bells,” and “O Holy Night”). Let It Snow Baby…Let it Reindeer features the reworking some classics like “12 Days of Christmas”, “Have Yourself a Merry Christmas”, and many more. Pulling songs from their Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand EP and other holiday compilations, the result is a pleasing, solid album, which makes a perfect present for everyone on your list, except maybe your grandmother.
Creativity:: 10 Relient K’s Christmas material from various compilations, their EP, and the full-length album is exceptionally creative.
Original Songs:: 10 “I Celebrate the Day” is one of the best songs ever written. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Relient K album without a couple of moody ballads like “I Hate Christmas Parties” and “In Like a Lion (Always Winter)”. Lead singer Matt Thiessen works his lyrical wonders once again.
Classic Covers:: 10 The band’s rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” will sound oddly familiar to fans of the Beach Boys Christmas Album. Right down to the last detail, Relient K does an impressive cover of the Beach Boys’ version of “Auld Lang Syne”. I can’t think of one song that wasn’t well-done
Musical Score:: 10 Pop punk + jingle bells+ great vocals= awesome!
Overall Holly Jolliness:: 10 This was my favorite Christmas album in 2007 and also in 2008.
Total = 50 Let it Snow Baby…Let it Reindeer is a grand mixture of rock, pop punk, excellent vocals, merriment, and melancholy—like a nice holiday meal at a Christmas party; that is, unless you hate Christmas parties.
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