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Christmas Calling
     

Christmas Calling

 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969073629
catalogNumber:
90736

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

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
Jack Rollins   Composer
Carl Bell   Producer,Engineer
Macy Gray   Composer,Producer
Sam Farrar   Engineer
Alex Greenwald   Engineer
Tenacious D   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Kaki King   Producer
Thorns   Producer
John Henry Hopkins   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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