Thursday, December 18, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: VARIOUS - GIFT WRAPPED TIS THE SEASON
Some do play it straight, or at least give us a normal song. Regina Spektor offers the somewhat dark December, no tree-trimming number, and The Spill Canvas do a nearly-normal It Came Upon A Midnight Clear. The Flaming Lips, you'd think, would be vicious, but instead give us a hopeful, and upbeat A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So). Devo, of course, do something to point out the de-evolution of society, with Merry Something To You, the irony of conflicting religious beliefs leaving us mired in political correctness. It's Tegan and Sara who leave us laughing, with their take on The Chipmunk Song, speeding up their voices and playing the roles, Sara as Alvin. Most bizarre award goes to Soul Coughing, for singing Suzy Snowflake. For those of you sick of the Boney M Christmas album, and a little cynical about the whole thing, try this.