Rod­Ney CRoW­ell

Christ­mas ev­ery­where NeW WesT 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - an­DreW MUeLLer

a Christ­mas al­bum for grinches

Christ­mas al­bums are more often than not the cue for a grip­ping of pitch­forks – but the great re­deem­ing joy of this record is that few peo­ple un­der­stand this bet­ter than alt.coun­try god­fa­ther Rod­ney Crow­ell. Christ­mas Ev­ery­where brings Crow­ell’s char­ac­ter­is­tic bleary wit to bear upon both Christ­mas and the clichés of its songs. In com­pany with a stel­lar ar­ray of guests – Lera Lynn, Vince Gill, Bren­nen Leigh – Crow­ell con­jures a col­lec­tion both wryly whim­si­cal and dev­as­tat­ingly sin­cere: “When The Fat Guy Tries The Chim­ney On For Size” earns its ti­tle, and “Christ­mas In New York” sounds like some­thing Tom Waits never quite got around to writ­ing.

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