The Hallowe'en candy has vanished along with the ghosts and goblins . The temperature has dropped. There is a dusting of snow on the ground. Retail stores have transformed into their versions of the North Pole. Aside from Black Friday the most significant upcoming date on most of my friends and families calendars would be Christmas.
Now, I don't know about you. Maybe you have a favourite movie playing in the background as your opening your presents. Or, maybe you have a favourite Christmas album playing in the back ground of giggles or groans as wrapping paper is being ripped from packages.
I do know that Hanson's Finally It's Christmas will be playing as part of my family's soundtrack this Christmas and for many more to come.
In contrast with the sentimentality of many Christmas releases, Hanson bring an organic rock ‘n’ roll energy to the album, featuring iconic favorites like Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas”, Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas” and Aretha Franklin’s “Winter Wonderland”, along with a re-imagined arrangement of Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time” and lively renditions of modern classics like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”.
The album’s original songs, like the title track and “’Til New Years Night” burst with celebratory energy, layered vocal arrangements calling to mind the Beach Boys and British invasion-era guitar riffs, while “Peace On Earth” highlights the band’s earnest lyrics and powerful melodies.
The album is not without sentimentality, entirely, closing out with an intimate rendition of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, with guitarist Isaac singing lead on the Judy Garland classic, and a soulful gospel medley of two well-known songs from the Christmas Hymnal, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “Joy To The World”.
Besides, this album proves that Christmas is as much about remembering good times, as it is about making new memories. Hanson has always held a special place in my family's story. Theirs was the one and only concert that I allowed my daughter (Sophia) to skip school so that we could get wristbands to attend a private performance. I think we "MMMbop"ped all the way home on the subway afterwards.
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