Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, just David’s mouse.
As he wrote a review that was well overdue
For a great Christmas album that’s brand spanking new…
The band, Tragedy will not be unknown to regular readers of the Moshville Times. To those familiar with their oeuvre, it will come as no surprise that these masters of metal and doyens of disco have released a seasonal album with the understated title: #1 Christmas Holiday Party Mix. The only surprise is how long it took them to get around to doing it!
The album is everything you would expect from Tragedy: the metal is metally; the disco is disco-y and the the Christmas songs are Christmasy. Not being a band to miss a trick, they have even included a song that is most definitely Hanukkahy in the shape of “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah” – see the video at the end of this review. (I was going to describe it as joyously Jewish but didn’t think that would get past the Moshville editors [It did, oops – Mosh])
There is something for everyone here. If “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah” is the most metally of the tracks (although, “We Three Kings” gives it a run for its money) then “Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)” is probably the most disco-y. It has shades of the Pointer Sisters’ “It’s Raining Men” but with added appeals to Santa. Not even the most bah humbug of metal fans (and yes, I’m looking at you Moshville editor-in-chief [I would argue that, but… bang to rights – Mosh]) could listen to this without a giant glittery grin on their otherwise grumpy gob. If you are playing Whamaggedon, you can safely listen to a magnificent cover of “Last Christmas”. If you want something traditional, there is even a reasonably straight version of “Silent Night”. (And “straight” is not an adjective often associated with Tragedy’s output). If… I could go on but suffice to say there are ten Christmas crackers here that will brighten anyone’s holiday season.
Well, perhaps there is one mis-step. I have a very high schmaltz and kitsch threshold when it comes to Christmas songs but even I draw the line at “Santa Baby”. Having said that, if I was forced to choose a version to listen to, I’d choose Tragedy’s rendition over even the mighty Eartha Kitt’s.
This album is the perfect antidote to the Christmas blues. Happy Christmas (and Happy Hanukkah) to all, and to all a good-night!
#1 Christmas Holiday Party Mix has been available since 18 November 2019, so get it now. What are you waiting for? Christmas?