Various Artists (Billy Sherwood) — A Prog Rock Christmas
(Cleopatra no#, 2019, CD / DL)
by Jon Davis, Published 2019-12-04
For fans of mainstream progressive rock who also love Christmas music, Billy Sherwood has you covered. With A Prog Rock Christmas, he's assembled an all-star cast of prog luminaries to have a go at a selection of (mostly) well-known holiday tunes. You get a few religious classics ("O Come All Ye Faithful," "Silent Night"), popular favorites ("The Twelve Days of Christmas," "Happy Christmas (War Is Over"), slightly alternative holiday-themed songs ("Fairytale of New York," "You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch"), and Christmas tunes already associated with progressive rock artists ("Run with the Fox," "A Christmas Song," "I Believe in Father Christmas"). There's nothing challenging about the arrangements, which stick to well-established sounds. But if you love Christmas music and need some new versions to plump up your library, here you go. If you're looking for anything innovative or unpredictable, steer clear.
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