Thursday, December 10, 2015

25 Holiday Records: 16: Christmas Wishes by Anne Murray

We're counting down to Christmas Day with a list of 25 records we have in the shop at Royal Cat Records! Why? Because vinyl rules!

Our next record is a by the Queen of Canada! No debates!!!!


Christmas Wishes
by Anne Murray

You have probably heard this record. We got it!

Anne Murray was on top of the world when she made this. You will be too when you listen to it.

Music critic Kyle Fowle calls this the "Dark Side of the Moon" of Christmas albums:

Despite the album’s layered arrangements, Christmas Wishes succeeds through an almost overbearing simplicity. Murray’s voice is unobtrusive, just powerful enough to lend an emotional anchor to songs that completely rely on evoking feelings of nostalgia and good cheer. She’s perfectly unremarkable on “Joy To The World” and wonderfully undistinguished on “O Holy Night” while also adding a sense of sadness (but not too much; this is the holidays, after all) to the already melancholy “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
Christmas albums should be mediocre, they should be vanilla. They don’t need to comfort us, but they also don’t need to push the envelope. Christmas albums can be considered a success when they find that sweet spot between evoking feelings of holiday-themed goodwill while also remaining background noise. Christmas albums should be a soundtrack to the season; present, but never overbearing. Christmas Wishes is one of those albums.

track list:
Winter Wonderland 2:55
Silver Bells 2:55
The Little Drummer Boy 3:50
I'll Be Home For Christmas 3:35
Christmas Wishes 2:37
Joy To The World 2:07
Away In A Manger 2:56
O Holy Night 3:06
Go Tell It On The Mountain 2:48
Silent Night 4:07

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