Holiday Sampler

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The diversity on this five-song Holdiay Sampler from Austin-based singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves may leave listeners confused about where his precise strengths lie -- but that's only because his craft is well honed. "Monster-in-law," a rockin' ode to that "special" lady in so many marital relationships, has country novelty single written all over it. Conversely, the wistful, sentimental heartland rock of "November Skies" espouses considerably warmer feelings about family. The third track finds Cleaves cutting up again on a playful arrangement of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." Cleaves ends on more serious note, however. The yearning "One Good Year" -- a hopeful New Year's Day fantasy that tempers a rootsy, ...
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Editorial Reviews

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The diversity on this five-song Holdiay Sampler from Austin-based singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves may leave listeners confused about where his precise strengths lie -- but that's only because his craft is well honed. "Monster-in-law," a rockin' ode to that "special" lady in so many marital relationships, has country novelty single written all over it. Conversely, the wistful, sentimental heartland rock of "November Skies" espouses considerably warmer feelings about family. The third track finds Cleaves cutting up again on a playful arrangement of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." Cleaves ends on more serious note, however. The yearning "One Good Year" -- a hopeful New Year's Day fantasy that tempers a rootsy, Mellencamp beat with an elegant trumpet solo --- and the moving lap steel-embellished "You Don't Have to Tell Me" are the samples of choice here. These heartfelt tunes may not be your typical holiday songs, but they are something to celebrate.
All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
On this 2001 release, the generically titled Holiday Sampler, contemporary singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves applies his skills as a writer and interpreter to a set of songs designed to complement the autumn and winter holidays, starting with the Halloween-for-adults song "Monster in Law," working through "November Skies," and rounding out with the valentine "You Don't Have to Tell Me." Sparsely produced by Gurf Morlix, the album is warm enough to keep everything cozy over the winter months, but interesting enough to sound good all the year round.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2001
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • UPC: 011671123622
  • Catalog Number: 711236
  • Sales rank: 325,302

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Slaid Cleaves Primary Artist, Vocals
Ivan Browne Bass, Background Vocals
Gurf Morlix Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Steel Guitar, Background Vocals, Hi String, Vocal Harmony, Guitar (Baritone)
Rick Richards Drums
Chris Searles Tambourine
Charles Arthur Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Technical Credits
J. Seymour Guenther Liner Notes, Concept
Gurf Morlix Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Toby Mountain Mastering
Russ Smith Mastering
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