Christmas Calling

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Yet another alternative rock Christmas collection, Christmas Calling begins with Travis' rather un-Christmassy "River," which begins with a "Jingle Bells"-like piano intro in a minor key, natch and then turns into a regular Travis song with a few mentions of cutting down Christmas trees. After that lump of coal, the rest of the album improves a bit with Macy Gray's upbeat "What I Want for Christmas" and, believe it or not, Fiona Apple's "Frosty the Snowman." Putting aside the angst that colors most of her music, Apple turns in a charming and downright lighthearted version of the Christmas classic that puts most of the other material on the album to shame. Tenacious D and...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Yet another alternative rock Christmas collection, Christmas Calling begins with Travis' rather un-Christmassy "River," which begins with a "Jingle Bells"-like piano intro in a minor key, natch and then turns into a regular Travis song with a few mentions of cutting down Christmas trees. After that lump of coal, the rest of the album improves a bit with Macy Gray's upbeat "What I Want for Christmas" and, believe it or not, Fiona Apple's "Frosty the Snowman." Putting aside the angst that colors most of her music, Apple turns in a charming and downright lighthearted version of the Christmas classic that puts most of the other material on the album to shame. Tenacious D and Sum 41's blatantly gift-grubbing "Things I Want" is also a keeper; even if the beginning of the track sounds suspiciously like "The Hell Song," it's hard to resist lyrics like "I want a time machine and a BB gun." Still, the intentional silliness of Tenacious D and Sum 41 is no match for the probably unintentional silliness of Fuel's version of "We Three Kings," which turns the carol into the Queensrÿche-like metal power ballad the song has always secretly wanted to be. Likewise, Phantom Planet's version of "Carol of the Bells" gets downright proggy, although the band was probably in on the joke. Kaki King's "O Holy Night" is quiet, genuine, sweet, and out of keeping with almost all of the other songs on Christmas Calling. At least Keb' Mo''s "We Call It Christmas" has its heart in the right place, even if it also sounds out of place on this album; this song and the Thorns' pretty version of "Silent Night" bring the collection to a more or less happy ending. However, Christmas Calling can't decide whether to celebrate the holiday or make fun of it. There are enough good tracks here for Christmas mavens or fans of the bands involved in this project to consider buying it, but there are far better alternative rock Christmas albums out there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969073629
  • Catalog Number: 90736

Album Credits

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Charles Brown Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Pete Droge Engineer
Jon Brion Producer
John Fields Producer, Engineer
Matt Hyde Producer, Engineer
Mike Melnick Engineer
Gene Redd Composer
Mark Wallis Producer
Jenny Yates Composer
Keb' Mo' Composer
Peter J. Wilhousky Composer
Greig Nori Engineer
Jeff Patrick Krasno Producer
Phantom Planet Producer
Walter Rollins Composer
Carl Bell Producer, Engineer
Macy Gray Composer, Producer
Sam Farrar Engineer
Alex Greenwald Engineer
Tenacious D Composer
Traditional Composer
Kaki King Producer
The Thorns Producer
John Henry Hopkins Jr. Composer
Colin McArdell Engineer
Chris Testa Engineer
DJ Kiilu Grand Producer
Janice Cruz Engineer
Steve Nelson Composer
John Hopkins Composer
Mark Johnson Engineer
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