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PUG­WASH & FRIENDS Tin­sel and Marzi­pan 1969

★★★★ In the bat­tle for the­most Christ­massy song, Thomas Walsh from Crum­lin has beaten all­com­ers by throw­ing ev­ery­thing into the Christ­mas cake mix, in­clud­ing bells, Beat­lesque har­monies and chil­dren’s choir. And it’s in aid of Brain­wave, the Ir­ish epilepsy as­so­ci­a­tion, so the Christ­mas spirit’s there too.

THE KILLERS A Great Big Sled Ver­tigo

fol­low Spring­steen’s Santa Claus Is Com­ing to Town, but with the bright lights on in Ve­gas all year round, will Bran­don’s neigh­bours even know it’s Christ­mas?

DE­CLAN O’ROURKE Christ­mas Wine N4

★★ The man with the mulled bari­tone teams up with­joins Swedish snow queen Nina Kin­ert for this gen­tle ode to warm Yule­tide nights cud­dled up with your favourite lit­tle helper. It does have a cer­tain charm, but wouldn’t you love

★ Santa will need a great big sled just to carry all the Killers al­bums that will shift over the hol­i­day sea­son. The band cel­e­brate a bumper year with a sea­sonal tune to to hear De­clan’s low voice boom­ing “Ho! Ho! Ho!” at the end?

CRAZY FROG Last Christ­mas Gut

★ There’s al­ways some an­noy­ing thing to spoil Christ­mas, and this lit­tle grem­lin is sure to turn your hol­i­day into sonic hell. Bet­ter put some poi­son down un­der the tree.

CLIFF RICHARD 21st Cen­tury Christ­mas EMI

★ He was hip to the Walk­man groove in Wired for Sound, and now Sir Cliff is down with gen­er­a­tion text, in this sea­sonal song about re­con­nect­ing at Christ­mas. It’s backed with a new ver­sion of his old­est tune, Move It, with guest gui­tars from Brian May.

RICKY TOM­LIN­SON Christ­mas, My Arse! Lib­erty

★★ It’s the same bloody thing each year: some foul-mouthed old drunk com­plain­ing about how Christ­mas is the same bloody thing each year. Never mind, here’s Jim Royle to ar­tic­u­late all our feel­ings about the fes­tive sea­son. Bot­toms up!

BO­RAT Sea­sonal croon­ings for make happy poor chil­dren of Kaza­khstan*

★★★★★ Bo­rat has an­nounced he is to re­lease a Christ­mas sin­gle, but re­ally, wouldn’t you pre­fer a clock ra­dio? * At the time of go­ing to press, we still don’t know its fi­nal ti­tle, but we do know that if you don’t buy it, then Bo­rat “will be ex­e­cute”.


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