Happy Xmas busH­bRANCH/suRF­doG 5/10

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Slow­hand meets Santa…

With his eyes pre­sum­ably on the US mar­ket, which takes a less cyn­i­cal at­ti­tude to­wards ‘hol­i­day’ al­bums than us Scrooge-like Brits, Clap­ton tack­les 13 hack­neyed sea­sonal favourites, from “White Christ­mas” to “Away In A Manger”. De­spite the ad­di­tion of some bur­nished gui­tar licks, the re­sults are as awful as you might ex­pect and his one orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion, “For Love On Christ­mas Day”, isn’t much bet­ter. Odd­est of all is an elec­tronic dance mix ded­i­cated to the late Swedish DJ Avicii, which is ti­tled “Jin­gle Bells” but seems to bear no re­la­tion to the fa­mil­iar tune.

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