11:07 PM on 12/01/13
This album has been a great surprise -- I don't think I've just purely enjoyed BR this much since the 90s. Not suggesting that I dislike their past decade of work -- the way they cooked & how they served it was just incredibly familiar.
The harmonies, instrumentation, and hearing Graffin use his clean, strangely regal voice and his authority on a Christmas album (as opposed to the occasional holiday song that's turned up in the past) gives me time to admire the musical talent that has carried them at least as much as their message has over the years.
I like Christmas music for ambiance, melody and charmingly anachronistic lyrics and that's going to be the mode I'm usually in when I listen to this. But it does present an interesting critique of holiday music/music in general simply by being earnest: a good singer can sell any lyric, even lyrics antithetical to their life's work.