Truth be told I have a little bit of an issue with cutesy type duos like Us The Duo. Us The Do are a couple in real life and also do the type of thing like look in their eyes while they sing and perform at their own wedding. It’s cringeworthy, saccharine and have to listen to the dissonance My Bloody Valentine or Oneohtrix Point Never to get the hokey feeling out of my mouth.
I was worried I might have a similar feeling in my mouth when listening to Make Christmas Last by Analisa & John. The duo is built on the same foundation but the saccharine melodramatic quality is absent. I’ll also admit I’m a bit of a sucker of Christmas albums.
Part of what makes this an enjoyable is the excellent jazzy guitar playing which is seamless, technically proficient and creative. I was expecting a good voice from Analisa and she delivered.
The album starts off with “what Child is This” which is an easy to appreciate carol. They do the song justice and don’t think anyone would have any objections to hearing this around the dinner table during that special time of the year.
“Make Christmas last This Year” is an original and is a nice tune but I do have some bad news. The laws of space and time currently restrict any event from “lasting”. The good news is Christmas happens every year. I thoroughly enjoyed the instrumental track “Up on the Housetop” while “O Come, O come Emmanuel” hits a different more serious and mystic vibe. They close with “O Little Town of Bethlehem” which was a sweet song to end with.
As far as Christmas albums go this one is top notch. Only ten more months to go.
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