The Upshot: We wish it could be Christmas every day with jolly ol’ St. Nick!
BY JOHN B. MOORE
It’s hard not to be cynical about a Christmas album being release in 2015. As a society didn’t we pretty much lock in every holiday album we would ever need by the third or fourth Sinatra Christmas record?
That being said, Nick Lowe makes a pretty solid argument that there may be room for one more, even if (or especially because) it isn’t entirely a Christmas record.
With the live album, The Quality Holiday Revue, Lowe and his backing band Los Straitjackets churn through a baker’s dozen of songs here recorded from a 2014 concert run. Most of the songs here are Lowe playing alongside Los Straightjackets, with the exception of the opening and closing tracks featuring Lowe solo with an acoustic guitar (playing “A Dollar Short of Happy and “Sensitive Man”) and Los Straitjackets doing a killer cover of Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus and Lucy” instrumental.
Many of the should be holiday classics here like “Christmas at the Airport,” “I Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day” and “The North Pole Express” were featured on Lowe’s last holiday offering, 2013 Quality Street. This record was a November Record Store Day exclusive.
DOWNLOAD: “Christmas at the Airport,” “Sensitive Man” and “Linus and Lucy”