My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I think this might be an EP you might want in your Holiday music folder. Sooner or later every musical artist is going to knock out a Christmas album, putting their spin on Holiday classics. It is rare, however, for an artist to put out a record of mostly original holiday tunes.

Released over a decade ago, My MorningJacket's EP “My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style” stands the test of time. It features five original songs and two covers. My personal favorite is 'Xmas Time Is Here”, but all of them are pretty darn good. The steel drums and slide guitar on the opener “Xmas Curtain” set the stage for a bluesy and melancholy Christmas classic.

Their cover of Nick Cave's "New Morning" and the Leiber & Stoller classic “Santa Claus is Back in Town” (first recorded by Elvis) bring the album together with a satisfying traditional yet modern Holiday EP.

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