The Brantley Family Band have released their annual Christmas album. I've been looking forward to this one for quite a while now, and it does not disappoint. This year's release has four songs:
- "Little Saint Nick". My initial reaction to this song was that it sounds like the Beach Boys; a quick check on Google for some of the lyrics revealed that it IS actually a Beach Boys song, so I think it must be quite well done. The vocal harmonies are great.
- "Christmas Time is Here". I never know if these guys are going to throw a disco metal breakdown or something into the middle of a song, so my first listen is always on the cautious side. This one turns out to be a straight cover of the beloved song from A Charlie Brown Christmas, and it's very well done.
- "White Christmas". A little bit of genre hopping in this one, going from a country sound for about the first two thirds of the song (including a very nice steel guitar section), and concluding with a headbanging rock outro.
In case you haven't heard of the Brantley Family Band before (I only found out about them last year), they've been releasing a little Christmas album every year since 2004. Fortunately, all of the past albums are still available from their website - in fact, you can download their entire discography in one big zip file. I really think that this is turning into (or perhaps already is) one of the best