Maybe This Christmas Tree

Maybe This Christmas Tree

     
 
Maybe This Christmas Tree -- the third installment in what's become an annual tradition of indie-pop holiday treats -- starts with a bang, as the two dozen or so members of the Polyphonic Spree give John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" all the anthemic power it deserves. The song is a joy, as is the rest of

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Maybe This Christmas Tree -- the third installment in what's become an annual tradition of indie-pop holiday treats -- starts with a bang, as the two dozen or so members of the Polyphonic Spree give John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" all the anthemic power it deserves. The song is a joy, as is the rest of this pleasantly diverse collection of tunes, most of them previously unreleased. Although Denmark's Raveonettes and Belasana (a side project of members of the Juliana Theory and Sense Field) offer original Christmas songs, the focus this time is on covers and updates of traditional holiday carols. Death Cab for Cutie turn in a lovely rendition of the Phil Spector classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," the song's bittersweet desperation suiting them well. Although Royal Crown Revue bounce through a lively, retro-swing version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" and Copeland spike "Do You Hear What I Hear?" with electronic beats, many of the highlights come in the quieter ballads: Pedro the Lion's "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," Tom McRae's version of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," and Ivy's breathy cover of the "Peanuts" theme "Christmas Time Is Here." Maybe This Christmas Tree has nary a misstep: It's a perfect accompaniment for a late-evening eggnog, and as an added gift, part of the proceeds go to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Nettwerk's Maybe This Christmas albums are starting to become tradition, not to mention that they keep getting better and better. Maybe This Christmas Tree picks up where Maybe This Christmas, Too left off in 2003 and introduces a new cast of indie rock and pop
ock favorites for another enjoyable holiday listen. Artists such as Pedro the Lion and Lisa Loeb do their own renditions of traditional Christmas carols while English singer/songwriter Tom McRae, swing revivalists Royal Crown Revue, and Jars of Clay cover classics by other artists. Death Cab for Cutie's charming sweetness of the Phil Spector treasure "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" goes out to all the indie rock kids. It was previously unavailable and exclusively recorded for this collection just like "Christmas Time Was Here" by Ivy. The indie pop outfit honors the Vince Guaraldi standard while dressing it up just a bit with Dominique Durand's warm vocal delight and Andy Chase's lilting string arrangements. The neo-psychedelic pop commune, the Polyphonic Spree reveres the John Lennon holiday hit "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" for a lovable holiday moment while the Raveonettes include their digital special, the velvety Spector-esque charm of "The Christmas Song." Fans young and old should enjoy Maybe This Christmas Tree. It's definitely Nettwerk's finest yuletide compilation yet. Like the music, the artwork done by Orange County native Shag goes retro, adding to the overall classy cool package. A portion of the proceeds made from Maybe This Christmas Tree once again goes to Toys for Tots, a charity supported by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003038027
catalogNumber:
30380
Rank:
257155

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Gray   Accordion
Dominique Durand   Vocals
Zé Luis   Conductor
Mel Davis   Violin
Sarah Kishivevsky   Violin
Laura Usiskin   Cello
Emily Yaffe   Viola

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Steve Weisberg   Composer
Ellie Greenwich   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Lisa Loeb   Producer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Eric Drew Feldman   Producer
Jem Finer   Composer
Brian Friedman   Engineer
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Shane MacGowan   Composer
Jars of Clay   Producer
Pedro the Lion   Arranger,Producer
Adam Schlesinger   Producer
Shag   Graphic Design
Dave Bassett   Producer,Engineer
Joao Carvalho   Producer
Zé Luis   Producer,String Arrangements
Noel Regney   Composer
Andy Chase   Producer
Chris Evenson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Vance Powell   Engineer
Geoff Sanoff   Engineer
Brett Detar   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chris Walla   Producer,Engineer
Tom McRae   Producer
Sune Rose Wagner   Composer,Producer
Aaron Marsh   Producer
Monica Seide   Producer
Mitch Dane   Engineer
Speekers   Producer
David Lee Bassett   Arranger
Bryan Laurenson   Producer
Lindi   Vocal Arrangements

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