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Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
If there were ever something people are definitely not ambivalent about, it's Christmas music. For some, it speaks right to the child in them, evoking a spirit of giving and holiday cheer, while others (especially anyone who has worked in the retail sector) hear it as a harbinger of the busiest shopping season of the year, a chime and choir-filled klaxon warning to all who can hear it that the holidays are trying once again to breach the peace and quiet of their everyday lives. With such a distinct line drawn in the sand over holiday tunes, any band hoping to bridge the gap would need to be so exuberant, so filled with hope and whimsy, and so relentlessly positive that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory Heaney
If there were ever something people are definitely not ambivalent about, it's Christmas music. For some, it speaks right to the child in them, evoking a spirit of giving and holiday cheer, while others (especially anyone who has worked in the retail sector) hear it as a harbinger of the busiest shopping season of the year, a chime and choir-filled klaxon warning to all who can hear it that the holidays are trying once again to breach the peace and quiet of their everyday lives. With such a distinct line drawn in the sand over holiday tunes, any band hoping to bridge the gap would need to be so exuberant, so filled with hope and whimsy, and so relentlessly positive that there would be just no way to feel bad when they're on-stage. Enter Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. 1 by the Polyphonic Spree. Where most acts would need to bend over backwards to shoehorn Christmas music into their repertoire, it feels like a natural fit for the massive psych-pop outfit, who already count a choir and classical instrumentation among their arsenal. And since the structure of the Polyphonic Spree doesn't have to change much, their effervescent chemistry is able to come through, adding an air of manic joy to traditionally dour songs like "Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy)." Elsewhere, DeLaughter and company transform "Silver Bells" into a Beatlesque psychedelic exploration that feels more like a lost holiday-themed B-side from Magical Mystery Tour than anything else. Now, if you're someone who's against holiday music, Holidaydream probably isn't going to sway you, but unlike a lot of Christmas records, this one might actually have a chance to change your mind. While the roots of the songs remain familiar, the Polyphonic Spree inject enough psychedelic charm and whimsy into the album that, if you don't think about it too much, just might have you forgetting you're listening to seasonal jingles, and that beats the hell out of "Jingle Bell Rock" any old day of the year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2012
  • Label: Kirtland Records
  • UPC: 186535006820
  • Catalog Number: 68
  • Sales rank: 32,309

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Polyphonic Spree Primary Artist
Tim DeLaughter Piano, Glockenspiel, Vocals, Vibes, sleigh bells
Eric Drew Feldman Organ, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Mark Pirro Bass Guitar, Tambourine
Jason Garner Drums, Choir, Chorus
Audrey Easley Flute, Piccolo, EWI
Julie Doyle Pocket Trumpet, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Moog Synthesizer, fender rhodes
Jessie Hester Piano, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Moog Synthesizer, Toy Piano
Jessica Jordan Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jennie Kelley Choir, Chorus
Dylan Silvers Guitar
Kelly Test Percussion
Benjamin Curtis Guest Appearance
Ricky Rasura Harp
Buffi Jacobs Cello, Choir, Chorus, Electric Cello
Tamara Cauble Violin
Heather Test French Horn
Kristin Hardin Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jenny Kirtland Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Stella DeLaughter Choir, Chorus
Randi Rubin Choir, Chorus
Mike St. Clair Acoustic Guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Pocket Trumpet
Maika Beckner Choir, Chorus
Felix Delaughter Guest Appearance
Cory Helms Electric Guitar
Cassandra Askin Choir, Chorus
Alejandra De La Deheza Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Yoko Ono Composer
Tim DeLaughter Composer, Artwork, Whistle
Eric Drew Feldman Producer
Mark Pirro Engineer
Mark Chalecki Mastering
Casey Diiorio Engineer
The Polyphonic Spree Arranger
Speekers Producer
Ricky Rasura Arranger
Paul Williams Engineer
Jonathon Kimbrell Artwork, Layout
Julie A. Doyle Executive Producer
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