Various Artists – I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas

December 20, 2008

illstaytilafterchristmasEasily the best and possibly the most worthy set of holiday music to be released this year (all proceeds go to benefit Amnesty International), the evocatively named I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas collects 15 tracks by an international array of independent artists, including Au Revoir Simone, Sally Shapiro, My Brightest Diamond, No Kids, Blitzen Trapper and Au. It’s rare that a benefit album not only gives you a chance to support a worthy cause and gives you your money’s worth music-wise to boot, but I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas really does have all the makings of a Christmas classic. The songs here are by turns appropriately moody and haunting, sometimes experimental and other times surprisingly traditional, intelligent and frequently sharp witted and unsparing, i.e. Man Of Arms’ “It’s Christmas Time An Every Things’s Wrong.” Obviously, I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas is a hipster’s delight, but hopefully this will get a wider audience than just that demographic, as it’s not just the best holiday release of 2008, but one of the best releases of the year, period. Standout cuts: “Christmas Time Is Here (Au Revoir Simone),” “Anorak Christmas (Piano Mix) (Sally Shapiro),” “Christmas Is Coming Soon (Blitzen Trapper),” “It’s Christmas Time An Every Things’s Wrong (Man Of Arms)” and “Silent Night (Bosque Brown).”


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