Welcome to Mellow's Log Cabin. This blog's purpose is to supply information on a diversity of American southern music - ranging from country, blues, old-time and folk to R&B, rock'n'roll and rockabilly. I regularly present my research results about artists, labels, shows and also give guest writers a chance to publish their texts here on occasion.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Christmas with Karling
A voice more comparable to rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson and a band like fire on many tracks, I couldn't imagine her singing sweet christmas songs. I have to admit that I was not very excited after listening to the first two songs on the record. "What's in the Box" is definitely not my taste of music at all and in my opinion, it doesn't fit to the spirit of christmas. Her cover of "Jingle Bells" is at the average, not an outstanding performance. The backing band is nice here. Track three, "Christmas Party," however, is a really rocking performance with the Christmas theme. Abbeygate is in good form here and the band supports here with a great backing. Another good song is the up-tempo "Honey's Coming Home for Christmas" with a typical slap bass. Abbeygate has the chance to present her good voice on the track "The First Noel," which is a really good performance. "Deck the Halls" features a nice electric guitar and pleasant piano work, while the album closes with two okay versions of "Silent Night" and "Auld Lang Syne."
In my opinion, this is really not one of the best Christmas albums. However, Abbeygate recorded some good tracks which can be enjoyable during the Christmas time. The album gets better with the later tracks. Abbeygate's voice is not made for pleasant Christmas songs but I really look forward to upcoming albums in the typical rockabilly style. I think she can really tear up the floor with her voice - but not during the Holiday season.
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