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  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Infectious
  • ASIN: B005X8V530
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Collaboration between British singer/songwriter Emmy The Great and her boyfriend Tim Wheeler, leader of the Irish trio Ash, This Is Christmas features Matt Tong from Bloc Party on drums, Euan Hinshelwood (Young Husband, Emmy The Great) on guitar, a string section orchestrated by esteemed film composer Ilan Eskeri, with Tim and Emmy playing everything else.

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The weather outside might not be frightful just yet – at least, not through this window – but there’s no doubt that it’s on the turn, and soon enough that fire will come into its delightful own. And what better soundtrack to snuggle by is there than one of countless seasonal selections doing the rounds right now? Take your pick from traditional carols, wintry pop favourites dressed up in trendy threads, or perhaps something a little fresher: This Is Christmas is a predominantly self-penned set from Emmy the Great and her Ash-fronting fella Tim Wheeler. It layers on the schmaltz but stops short of choking the listener with sentimentality by revealing a wickedly singular wit and some snappy expectations-eschewing cuts. Really, who else would write a song called Zombie Christmas other than these two?

Nobody, exactly, which gives This Is Christmas its necessary quirk-factor and standout USP, setting it aside from the rudimentary covers approach favoured by others this year: amongst those flogging festive collections right now are She & Him, Michael Bublé and Justin Bieber. This is, categorically, the only album on which you’ll hear the lines: "I don’t wanna have my last Noël / We’d better kick those zombies back to Hell". It’s also the only album where a song about Santa’s despondent wife being left home alone while other lovers are united at Christmas – "Go spread your happiness around the globe / But you should know / That I won’t wait for you / You’ll have to get a new Mrs Christmas" – rubs shoulders with a Weezer-does-Yuletide-styled number by the title of Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing), which finds Wheeler playing to his pop-punk strengths while Emmy coos delightfully in the background.

Originally taking the name Sleigher for this project – why, oh why, did the pair not keep it? – Tim and Emmy began working on This Is Christmas while snow-bound in Sussex last year, and wrapped things up during the wet weeks of August. It’s been put together with a great degree of care, every little swell of strings positioned for maximum impression, every entwined vocal a thing of either delicate beauty or boisterous fun. Sleigh Me – oh, be still these pun-tickled sides – is the first song they penned together, and it’s the kind of sweet-hearted duet that resonates with palpable feeling, as befits a piece performed by real-life partners. So while there’s humour aplenty here, This Is Christmas has its heart in the right place: wrapped up warmly on a hearth rug, waiting for Jesus the Reindeer to crash into the chimney stack.

--Mike Diver

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Thank you Emmy and Tim for creating a great Christmas album. A perfect partnership have created a true piece of pop perfection. You will be grinning from start to finish when you hear this. There is not one bad track on this album and it looks and sounds fantastic. Power pop is given the wall of sound treatment which crashes and sparkles into the
21st century. It will warm you up on those cold December nights.
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By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2011
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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.
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Xmassy from the word go - this is fully in-your-face seasonal fare from Ash singer Tim Wheeler and singer-songwriter Emmy The Great, and makes no apologies for being so.

Despite the sleighbells and "wall of sound" production, the duo manage to keep the firmly on the right side of schmaltz, albeit with tongue firmly in cheek (on some tracks anyway!). However, away from the seasonal production, its the songwriting which stands out - particularly on tracks like Home For The Holidays, and Snowflakes. Both are instantly memorable and stand up as potential festive classics. They deserve huge amounts of airplay - even if just to hear something different on the radio.

Definitely an album that will stand up to repeated playing - even in years to come. Definitely one to buy if you love xmassy albums - certainly one to consider even if you dont.
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Loaded with catchy, beautifully-produced tongue-in-cheek tunes like "Sleigh Me", "Zombie Xmas" & "Xmas Day (I Wish I was Surfing)", this is the perfect indie antidote to the traditional Xmas cheese. Emmy & Tim's voices blend superbly, and occasionally the songs show real depth, as in the lovely "I'll See You Next Year". However, the unquestioned highlight is "Jesus the Reindeer" - ninety seconds of bouncy, utterly irresistible blasphemy that deserves to be a seasonal standard. Highly recommended.
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I've just received this through the post and slung it straight onto my car cd player. What a real joy! It is everything you'd want from a collaboration between these two, and their voices suit one another perfectly. Each track stands up well, although my favourites are the sub-Ash Wish I was Surfin' and the terrific Mrs Christmas, which wouldn't be out of place on the Phil Spector Xmas album! One very small gripe is that they could have squeezed a bit more music on than the half hour or so here, but what there is on this album is a group of tuneful and fresh Xmas songs that deserve to stand the test of time. Great fun, and let's hope this becomes an annual event!
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Agree with the previous reviewers who mention the "wall of sound", the sponteneity of the songs and the spectrum of musical genres covered. I also agree with the other 5 star reviews-this is an exceptional album and I would not be surprised at all if it slow burns its way to being a classic in years to come. It really is very good. My personal favourite is the slightly melancholic "Christmas Moon", with a 50's feel to it, it's sublime and stands on its own merit aside from being a "Christmas" tune. All the songs are good though, there's no duff track. Enjoy!
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Best Christmas album ever. Great catchy songs with melodic tunes and amusing, bittersweet lyrics. Love Emmy's voice and her partner is pretty good too. She looks gorgeous on the cover - always a bonus! Like this album so much I will play it at Easter and in summer too
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Excellent album! If you like ash you will love this too. Perfect for the Christmas blues. Some song will make you smile and laugh as they are alternative to the depressing Christmas songs you hear every year.
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