Lady Antebellum: Merry Little Christmas

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Posted December 8, 2010 by J Matthew Cobb in Reviews 1.0

Lady Antebellum on “target” with Target’s Merry Little Christmas, even if it is a tad bit short

Available as a Target-only import, Lady Antebellum are the latest country-pop superstars to fetch out a holiday album. Although it’s a six-song EP, A Merry Little Christmas gets the same royal, high-end production featured on their first two records. Though they go for the familiar tunes, their arrangements – for the most part – summarizes their recognizable style of tight-knit harmonies and contemporary country. A sweet, string-induced “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and a slowed-down version of Mariah’s classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” are warmly presented. Lady Antebellum’s style can be a bit melancholy for the ear during the holidays, so it’s nice to hear the trio spruce things up: “Blue Christmas” turns Elvis soul into a country-tittered rock n’ roll showcase while the tinsel-decorated “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” relishes in its jingles. There aren’t any new holiday treats offered, except for “On This Winter’s Night.” Certainly they could’ve concocted a few more original tunes, but with their grueling schedule manifested by two hit records, it’s probably too much to ask for. If Fleetwood Mac would’ve assembled a Christmas album, it may have sounded something like this.

J MATTHEW COBB

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HIFI DETAILS

  • Release Date: 12 October 2010
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Producers: Paul Worley, Lady Antebellum
  • Track Favs: All I Want for Christmas Is You, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, On This Winter’s Night

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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