Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Christmas
Putumayo World Music/Ode
I’m not really a fan of Christmas albums, I tend to hate compilations that have the word ‘Acoustic’ in the title and I can’t stand Zooey Deschanel singing (or acting for that matter, but here that is another matter altogether) and yet I’m somewhat won-over by this sweet little collection.
I’m getting older I guess.
Mindy Smith has the voice of an angel, so that kicks things off well on It Really Is (A Wonderful Life), The Sugar Thieves do a bit of eggnog-crooning on Santa Baby and Leon Redbone’s That Old Christmas Moon is neat. Skip the She & Him track if you too hate Zooey Deschanel (alright, hey, it’s actually not bad) and then Emilie-Claire Barlow does a Norah Jones-like/lite effort across Let it Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Quite what is so acoustic about electric guitars I’ll never know – but the marketing people long since took on the word to mean stripped-back, warm, intimate and all those other post-MTV Unplugged appropriation-versions of the word. Gah!
But add Charles Brown’s version of Please Come Home For Christmas and a few other great staples (Hem doing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Stephanie Davis’ I’ll Be Home For Christmas) and, well, you’d really need to be the Grinch to not find a place in your heart and home for this – if just for three weeks of every year or however long you can put up with a bit of Christmas cheer.