Holidays Rule

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Collections of holiday music are a lot like the holiday season itself: not without some magic, but after a few of them you kind of know what you're in for. While that may sound like a cynical assessment, it's not meant to be. Holiday music, Christmas songs in particular, become pervasively ubiquitous, with countless renditions of ageless seasonal tunes showing up every year some weeks before Thanksgiving and sticking around until the year changes. Holidays Rule attempts to shake up the standard holiday listening with a cross section of artists ranging from ragtag indie acts to legitimate pop icons having a go at time-honored Christmas classics and wintry holiday songs. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Collections of holiday music are a lot like the holiday season itself: not without some magic, but after a few of them you kind of know what you're in for. While that may sound like a cynical assessment, it's not meant to be. Holiday music, Christmas songs in particular, become pervasively ubiquitous, with countless renditions of ageless seasonal tunes showing up every year some weeks before Thanksgiving and sticking around until the year changes. Holidays Rule attempts to shake up the standard holiday listening with a cross section of artists ranging from ragtag indie acts to legitimate pop icons having a go at time-honored Christmas classics and wintry holiday songs. The collection features contributions from 17 diverse acts, and at its best, the material succeeds in offering an exciting perspective on songs we've all heard in every shopping center and dentist office around the holidays since what feels like the beginning of time. Fun. open the set with a slickly produced pop-friendly version of "Sleigh Ride." The pristine arrangement and enormous drums drive the song and turn an often benign tune into something actually pretty exciting. Likewise the Shins' take on Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" does not disappoint, re-envisioning the song in a overt homage to Brian Wilson's saturated Pet Sounds-era productions. McCartney himself shows up a few tracks later with a sweet and standard reading of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." Eleanor Friedberger from Fiery Furnaces offers the weirdest selection with "Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me." The song begins in a regular faux jazz-pop style, breaking down into an overly long section of hypnotic dubbed-out chanting and marimba vamping. More than once on Holidays Rule, bands turn in dire, almost depressive renditions of public domain songs. Calexico's melodramatic over-orchestrated take on "Green Grows the Holly" and the Civil Wars' indie folk dirge "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" both drag the collection down with their heavy-handedness. Though the collection has several standouts and a few duds, much of Holidays Rule is as straightforward as it comes, with unremarkable versions of holiday songs by very good names like the Fruit Bats, Holly Golightly, and Irma Thomas backed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among others. At its best, the collection is spirited fun, and at its worst it's inoffensive background music, but it falls short of the adventurous spin on the holiday times it sets out for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Hear Music
  • UPC: 888072340459
  • Catalog Number: 34045
  • Sales rank: 79,312

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sleigh Ride - Fun.
  2. 2 Wonderful Christmastime - The Shins
  3. 3 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Rufus Wainright (4:13)
  4. 4 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - Paul McCartney (3:35)
  5. 5 (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man with the Bag - Sallie Ford (3:35)
  6. 6 I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day - The Civil Wars (2:34)
  7. 7 Green Grows The Holly - Calexico (3:59)
  8. 8 We Need A Little Christmas - Ages and Ages (3:14)
  9. 9 That's What I Want for Christmas - Holly Golightly (2:20)
  10. 10 May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas - Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  11. 11 Blue Christmas - Heartless Bastards (2:09)
  12. 12 Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me - Eleanor Friedberger (5:08)
  13. 13 It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas - Fruit Bats (3:00)
  14. 14 Señor Santa - Y La Bamba (3:12)
  15. 15 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Punch Brothers (4:04)
  16. 16 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - The Head and the Heart (4:28)
  17. 17 Auld Lang Syne - Andrew Bird (4:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Irma Thomas Vocals
Charlie Gabriel Clarinet
Robert Hurst Bass
Joey Burns Piano, Accordion, Cello, Vocals, Guitar (Nylon String)
Andy Burton Piano
Joe Lastie Drums
Freddie Lonzo Trombone
Rickie Monie Piano
John Pizzarelli Guitar
Joy Williams Piano, Vocals, Pump Organ, sleigh bells
Diana Krall Piano
John Convertino Drums
Benjamin Jaffe Bass
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Chris Thile Group Member
Holly Golightly Vocals
Mark Nathan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Karriem Riggins Drums
Gabe Witcher Group Member
Andrew Bird Violin, Vocals
Deborah Widdup Violin
Graeme Gibson Percussion, Drums
Nate Query Bass
Chris Funk Banjo, Bells
Adam Thompson Guitar, Vocals
Jacob Valenzuela Trumpet
Natalia Bonner Violin
The Wired Strings Performing Ensemble
Jesse Ebaugh Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Pedal Steel Guitar
Mark Braud Trumpet
Eleanor Friedberger Vocals
Camilla Pay Harp
Richard Pryce Double Bass
Rob Oberdorfer Bass
Noam Pikelny Group Member
Andrew Frawley Percussion
Richard Ashton French Horn
Lizzie Ball Violin
Jon Neufeld Guitar
Clint Maedgen Saxophone
John Paul White Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Johanna Kunin Piano, Vocals, Casio
Brent Knopf Choir, Chorus
Victor Nash Trombone, Trumpet, French Horn
Chris Eldridge Group Member
Max Goldman Drums
Morgan Wiley Piano
Rosie Danvers Cello
Ryan Alfred Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Upright Bass
Chris Zasche Bass
Michael Kitson Percussion, Vocals
Tyler Williams Drums
Matt Sheehy Choir, Chorus
David Colvin Piano, Drums
Paul Kowert Group Member
Annalisa Tornfelt Vocals
Ji Tanzer Drums
Scott Magee Percussion, Ukulele, Vocals
Alan Hampton Guitar, Vocals
Julio Monterrey Saxophone
Sally Jackson Violin
Kenny Warren Trumpet
Michael Hanf Vibes
Jason Disu Trombone
Jenny Conlee-Drizos Percussion, Accordion, Celeste
Ben Meyercord Bass, Vocals
Eric Schrepel Accordion
Luzelena Mendoza Vocals
Chloe Vincent Flute
Tim Perry Vocals, Guitar (Nashville)
Kenny Hensley Piano
Charity Rose Thielen Vocals
Josiah Johnson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Eric D. Johnson Bass, Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Marxophone
Sallie Ford Vocals
Matt Gervais Electric Guitar
Becky Jones Viola
W. Andrew Raposo Bass
Dan Hunt Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Eleanor Stamford Violin
Erika Wennerstom Vocals
Edward Cameron Guitar, Vocals
The Hand Clap Choir Choir, Chorus
Sarah Fennell Choir, Chorus
Ronnell Johnson Tuba
Jon Russell Vocals
Technical Credits
Leroy Anderson Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Dudley Brooks Composer
Nancy Jeffries Executive Producer
Jay Joyce Producer, Engineer
Stewart Lerman Producer, Engineer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Aaron Schroeder Composer
Dave Sinko Engineer
Michael Taylor Engineer
Robert Wells Composer
Meredith Willson Composer
Randall Poster Producer, Executive Producer
Andrew Dawson Additional Production
Mark Nathan Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Calexico Arranger
Claude Demetrius Composer
Hal Stanley Composer
Irving Taylor Composer
Pat Ballard Composer
Damon Whittemore Engineer
Adam Seltzer Engineer
The Shins Engineer
Brian Montgomery Pro-Tools
Richard Woodcraft Engineer
Michael Crow Engineer
Chris Funk Producer, Engineer
Shawn Simmons Engineer
Eleanor Friedberger Producer
Jack Antonoff drum programming
Richard Swift Producer
Andrew Dost Arranger
Morgan Wiley Engineer
Rosie Danvers Orchestration
Ryan Alfred Engineer
Punch Brothers Arranger
Earl Scioneaux III Engineer
Fun. Producer
Jay W. Johnson Composer
David Drake Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
E.E. Lawrence Composer
Billy Hayes Composer
The Head and the Heart Producer
Xaphoon Jones drum programming
W. Andrew Raposo Engineer
TommyD Producer
Sara Matarazzo Producer
Jack Macinnes Engineer
Edward Cameron Whistle
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