Review – Home For The Holidays

Album: Home for the Holidays
Release Date: November 27, 2020
Genre: Holiday

Home for the Holidays is a compilation Christmas album by Canadian Music Label Arts and Crafts featuring a collection of artists spanning all across Canada including Sloan, Said the Whale, Dan Mangan, and many others.

Starting off this Comp is “Christmas Box” by Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think Member Charles Spearin,  An original rock tune about finding the small things to love about the mundane things about the holidays that are fast approaching such as receiving holiday cards.

For Hannah Georgas’ cover of “Let It Snow”, it has this feel of walking down a quiet wintery street in the middle of the night. It also has this feeling of you are on a date with your partner and it just feels very romantic. The snow is falling and the only other thing you hear is the wind.

One standout track for me was “Christmas Box” because it has a great indie rock sound that I’ve been missing in my life. I can’t quite put my finger on what it has going on but it is very enjoyable and has a funky bassline.  I am a sucker for an original tune that makes them more interesting than the same carols we hear every 10 minutes.

Another track I’m enjoying is “Marching Through Your Head” By Zeus. It is a new Christmas version from the original song which originally is about somebody not holding up their bargain to a relationship and they wanting you to be someone that you aren’t (as all classic songs are about happy music but dark lyrics)  to now being about Santa putting them on the naughty list.

This Compilation is an overall positive and possesses a classic chill vibe it is great to sit back and enjoy eggnog mixed with your alcohol of choice or opening your gifts on Christmas Day. It’s a Christmas album, so it is what you expect classic singalongs that you hear in the holiday season full of cheer but a few surprises along the way.

To complement the release of Home for the Holidays, Arts & Crafts is proud to present its first-ever holiday live-stream concert via Side Door. The concert will feature many of the artists from the album, and other Arts & Crafts favourites, performing from the comfort of their own homes to yours. The live-stream concert will take place Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 pm EST (12:00pm PST). Tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased at sidedooraccess.com, with proceeds supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto.

Including performances by Kevin Drew, Dan Mangan, Chris Murphy of Sloan, Reuben and the Dark, Zeus, and many more.

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