12 November 2009

The Hipwaders - A Kindie Christmas CD Review


The Sound: A little bit of Pernice Brothers and a dash of mid-80's R.E.M. - a melodic college rock vibe.

In the Cafeteria, They Sit With: Brady Rymer, Eric Herman, The Baby Grands

Best Moments:
Stand-out tracks "Wake Up" and "Tinsel & Light" are where the Joe Pernice-reference really comes in to play, with stunning effect.  "Wake Up", with it's parade of sleigh bells and cascading, picture-perfect postcard lyrics, such as  "large candy canes dangle from the trees / skating polar bears glide by so gracefully / gingerbread men falling through the snow / the northern lights casting a heavenly glow", may just be the best 2 minutes of rock-n-roll Christmas tunage ever.  You'll hear a lot of R.E.M. (and those sleigh bells again) on "Yes, It's Christmas", an upbeat song about making wishes, trimming trees and all the other joys of the holiday season...with a spoonful of "fa-la-la" for good measure!

Bonus Thought: Enjoy the video for "Wake Up":

Okay, Time to Wrap it Up with a Nice Little Bow: The Hipwaders "A Kindie Christmas" will
make a great addition to any holiday music collection, especially one desperately in need of a jolt (meaning, feel free to toss that Kenny G Christmas disc/cassette in the garbage).

"A Kindie Christmas" was provided to OWTK for review. The opinions expressed above are unbiased and true - no arm twisting took place in the review process.

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