Remember the really cold, icy weather we had in January 2011? While Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler were snowed in, they started writing a Christmas album - and this is what eventually transpired. It's a slight 31 minutes long, and is part-tribute, part-parody of the Phil Spector Christmas Album and similar seasonal musical fare. The humour is sufficiently subtle that the album can be taken at face value if you wish.
Musically, it uses every Christmas Number One cliche in the book, including the Spector-like orchestrations (yes, there is a string section) and the thumping 1970s-style rhythms. Some of the songs take a pleasingly off-beat view of Christmas and all its trappings - Mrs Christmas is about what a miserable time Father Christmas's wife has at Christmas Time, and it includes a spoken voice-over as well! Other songs appear to have been written in about three minutes, but are highly enjoyable in the way that spontaneous music often is: Jesus the Reindeer is one such.
It's a light confection of an album, perfect for the holiday season. I wonder if "Home for the Holidays" will become a Christmas classic? Probably not, unless someone makes a video for it featuring Bananarama and Wham, but I love it anyway.