Wednesday, December 14, 2016
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: KACEY MUSGRAVES - A VERY KACEY CHRISTMAS
Musgraves has the right idea, playing it light and fun with her Christmas choices, cheeky but cool too. The sound is bright and poppy, with lots of handclaps and jingle bells, lap steel for that touch of Hawaii on Mele Kalikimaka, and plenty of happy vibes. Plus, she has the personality and peppy voice to pull it off.
The cuts range from familiar ones done up with kicky new production (Let It Snow, Feliz Navidad) to brand-new originals, Musgraves proving she has the knack for novelty writing. A Willie Nice Christmas is a pardonable pun, as Willie Nelson stops by for a guest duet, and Musgraves and Leon Bridges team up to write and sing a cool soul number, Present Without A Bow. And while it sounds impossible, Musgraves does a straight version of The Chipmunk Song, under its parenthetical title, Christmas Don't Be Late, and makes it a pretty decent tune, without Alvin and the boys' sped up voices. This wins the most fun Christmas disc of the year honours, hands down.