Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lady Antebellum - A Merry Little Christmas

Lady Antebellum - A Merry Little Christmas

Earlier this year, after the massive success of “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum was asked by the folks at Target if they’d provide the major shopping brand an exclusive Holiday music collection.  Lady Antebellum thought about it and decided it would be a fun thing to do and delivered A Merry Little Christmas to fans through Target about a month ago.  With sales already over 100,000 copies, the album is already a success and proves the trio’s cross-genre appeal with four classic songs being mixed in with one original and a cover of the 1990’s Mariah Carey neo-classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

The ‘title track’ to A Merry Little Christmas, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” kicks off the EP and while it’s served up pretty much the way it has always been presented, the orchestra is accented by fiddler Jonathan Yukdin’s solo and I have to say that Charles Kelley’s musky tenor is a great fit for this song and when harmonizing with Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, it sound quite exquisite.  Hillary does a fine job singing the Mariah Carey tune  while their version of “Blue Christmas” isn’t as good as the iconic Elvis version, it does show off some of the blusier tones of Charles Kelley’s vocals.

The lone new tune on the album is the band’s co-write with Tom Douglas, “On This Winter’s Night.” It feels like a song that could end up being a ‘classic’ in the years to come  with a fantastic story about a Christmas with a young family and, specifically how the mother and father handle the situation.  The W.O. Smith School’s children’s choir joins in on the song and while this could derail quite a few holiday albums, their performance is tastefully added into the song as a response to Charles and Hillary’s lyrical call.  “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let It Snow” is a song that’s hard to ‘ruin’ and their take on “Silver Bells” is modern yet reverential to the classic.

The whole A Merry Little Christmas EP is tastefully made although I do have to wonder why previously released “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” wasn’t included on the disc.  Perhaps the trio and their label partner Capitol Nashville figured their fans already owned that song. That aside, the album is a nice addition to any holiday music fan’s collection.
—Matt Bjorke,

Track List:
  1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You
  3. Blue Christmas
  4. On This Winter's Night
  5. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  6. Silver Bells

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