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The box set is impressive. Its expensive as well. So what do you get? Well 5 ep's with a total of 58 tracks to start with. Each in a different cardboard case with different artwork. You also get an extensive booklet with 3 different essays on Christmas, lots of pictures and lyrics. A poster which is pencil art and quite nice and surreal. A make it yourself Christmas star complete with instructions. And finally some tattoo's and stickers.
However, this is all just a sideshow compared to the music. It sounds like it was recorded on a shoestring and includes Silent Night, Hark The Herald Angels and many other hymns that you will recognise. And then there are some classic american Christmas songs, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is an example of one that doesn't quite work. It has electronic squelches in the background and a trilling whistle accompanying the track. It sounds a mess and really isn't. But it doesn't quite pull it off. But that's the idea. Experimenting with Christmas songs and creating new ones. There are some tracks here which are just full of joy and spirit, take Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling. And other are very quirky. But it's great to hear the Christmas spirit being distilled in this way. Although quite how a cover of Alphabet Street meets the criteria of being a Christmas song I don't quite know. One track takes this quirkiness to levels previously heard on Age of Adz. Christmas Unicorn is 15 minutes and starts as quite a traditional sounding but new Christmas song and then during its time moves into electronic territory before turning (quite literally) into Joy Divisions Love Will Tear Us Apart.
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  • Seller location: Hawera, Taranaki, NZ

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