I have a confession to make: I hate Christmas music! Well, most Xmas music, more specifically radio around Xmas time.
The same songs play over and over again and I swear every time I hear Mariah Carey screaming ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ I feel like bashing my head against a brick wall.
Also every other artist decides to release a Xmas album full of non-descript, mediocre arrangements that make me cringe.
The exception to me is Pentatonix. I am a big fan of the American A Cappella group and their new album ‘A Pentatonix Christmas’ did not let me down.
With their ingenious, Grammy winning arrangements and sometimes total reinvention of songs, I am a happy girl!
One of my favourites is Hallelujah, written by the late Leonard Cohen and immortalised by Jeff Buckley. It is a thing of beauty!
And of course the intricacies of the arrangement of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:
My other favourite from this album is a cover of Kanye West’s ‘Coldest Winter’. I love the beat drop! Unfortunately there’s no official video for it, so the lyric video will have to do: UPDATE! NEW VIDEO!
O Come, All Ye Faithful with a completely modern twist!
This is from their previous Xmas album, ‘That’s Christmas to Me’, and bagged them their second Grammy – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy:
My favourite Xmas song, Silent Night:
Continuing my PTX love, Little Drummer Boy:
‘Joy to the World’:
And ‘Mary, did you know?’:
Because it’s my favourite Xmas song, why not have it twice? Now with my gals, Little Mix, the only ones to break my hate, apart from PTX:
This is what will be blasting at home when Raven and I spend our quiet Christmas together.