Marah
A Christmas Kind of Town
(Yep Roc)
At first this record seems like a joke, especially standing beside Marah’s new masterpiece If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry. But they really are serious about this venture. Marah mixes some standards like “Silver Bells,” “Holly Jolly Christmas”‰and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”‰alongside originals such as “New York is a Christmas Kind of Town.” They also throw in some interludes to solidify the party atmosphere. The band uses its roots- rock and folk sensibilities to make a downright great Christmas record that is a lot of fun. Though If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry is an essential release this year, A Christmas Kind of Town really isn’t. But it is sure a hell of lot more fun than the cruddy Christmas records that are currently flooding stores this season.
—Trevor MacLaren

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