Friday, December 08, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat – Extended Christmas Edition

Photo credit: Art Jipson

Dude York – “Takin’ Care Of Christmas” (The Seattle trio offer up their first holiday-themed album with the Hardly Art release of Halftime For The Holidays.  The 9-track album features all new original songs that address loneliness, breakups and other stresses of the holiday season set to their highly-melodic power pop-punk, along with a joyous cover of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Takin’ Care of Christmas”, heard here.)    

Gwen Stefani – “Santa Baby” (The No Doubt frontwoman and star of NBC’s The Voice recently released her first Christmas album titled, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, via Interscope Records.  Featuring a duet with Blake Shelton, the album is a blend of new originals and classic Christmas covers in her distinct style and voice such as a stirring “Silent Night”, “White Christmas” and “Santa Baby”, the latter of which she was born to sing.)  

Pentatonix – “How Great Thou Art” (The world’s best known a capella group and my 3 year old son’s favorite band recently reissued their A Pentatonix Christmas album – via RCA Records - as a deluxe version with 5 new tracks including, “How Great Thou Art” featuring Jennifer Hudson, as seen here, taken from their NBC television special, A Very Pentatonix Christmas.)

August Burns Red – “Last Christmas” (Per their yearly tradition, the Christian metalcore titans deliver another heavy take on a Christmas classic and this year’s cover is a blistering instrumental performance of the beloved 80’s classic by Wham.  ABR’s excellent new album, Phantom Anthem is out now on Fearless Records.)  


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