JD McPherson's new Christmas album, Socks, is the funnest Christmas album I've ever heard. The songs are all originals. JD made a conscious effort to avoid Christmas cliches. So there's no jingle bells, no silent night and no schmaltz. It's all played in JD's retro rock, blues shouter, rockabilly style. And it's all fun.
The album starts with the upbeat, danceable, yet touching All the Gifts I Need. The singer is helping his parents with the Christmas prep. He's revelling in it.. He loves the Christmas spirit, the cookies, the music, family. And then he realizes . . .
Hey Skinny Santa sounds just like a Big Joe Turner song. It's getting near Christmas and Santa only has a 32 waistland. So he takes a roadtrip (or I guess a sleightrip) to Chicago, New Orleans and then Memphis for some deep dish pizza, jambalaya and barbecue. He waist expands at every stop.
Holly, Carol, Candy and Joy is really clever. It makes a song out of girl's names that have something to do with Christmas. Each name gets a verse. Appropriately enough it ends with Joy.
There are seven more great songs. The only problem with the album is that it's only 30 minutes long. But it's a great 30 minutes.
- Alan Likes Music