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2008-12-03

Album Spotlight: The Layaways - The Christmas EP

I'd like to spotlight another EP tonight.  This time it is the work of a single band, The Layaways, an indie rock band from Chicago.  Their 2006 release, The Christmas EP, is available as a free download from last.fm.

The Christmas EP contains only three songs, but they are well worth hearing.  The first is a bouncy, light rock version of "O Christmas Tree" (which features the main melody of "Deck the Halls" being played on acoustic guitar near the end).  Next is a short but sweet instrumental version of "Joy to the World", which serves as a nice setup for the real highlight of the EP, "Silent Night".  Another instrumental, this is honestly one of the best versions of "Silent Night" I have ever heard.  The drums and bass lay down a simple backbeat which allows for the main melody to be voiced on the guitar.  The guitar tone is gorgeous and helps lend a dreamy feel to the song.

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You know what?  I don't think my words could possibly do this song justice.  Please go download it and listen to it for yourself - this is a song that simply must be heard.  Grab the rest of the EP while you're there.  Happy listening!  I'll be back soon with more great Christmas music for you.

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2 comments:

David said...

You said: "You know what? I don't think my words could possibly do this song justice."

It reminded me of the Steve Martin quote: "Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." :-)
(See http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Steve_Martin)

Jeff said...

Haha, that's great. I try, I really try to write something meaningful about all the music I post about, but occasionally I am knocked speechless by something I've heard - it's nice to know I'm not the only one who feels that way. :)