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Friday, September 19, 2008

Relient K - Let It Snow, Baby... Let It Reindeer

In 2003, Relient K made their Christmas project debut with Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand, a slender but witty deluxe EP of sorts that was only made available packaged with their current release at the time. The EP has resurfaced a time or two since, and now the 10-track project has been repackaged and re-released with seven additional songs and a new title. For those who never got their hands on the original, Let It Snow, Baby... Let It Reindeer is an absolute gem.

A mix of where Relient K has been and where they're headed stylistically is captured here, with brand new exclusives making the original release even better. Fans might not be too keen on double-dipping for six new songs ("In Like A Lion" was previously on The Apathetic EP), but the new tracks are too good to pass on. The new cuts include fresh takes on traditionals like "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "Sleigh Ride" and even an old, rare classic, "I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas" - which fits in perfectly with the RK style. "Boxing Day," which uses its title to play on the obscure post-Christmas Canadian holiday, is a new original that serves as a lament for passing of another Christmas, but with an expression of hope for the new year ahead. Coupled with the equally unique, equally pensive "Merry Christmas, Here's To Many More," these tracks add to the emotional side of Christmas, musically falling in line with what the band's been doing as of late. However, because a little over half of the album is four years old, with the oldest track being a significant six years old, Let It Snow, Baby... Let It Reindeer might seem to be more of a Christmas hits record than a consistent, fluid, concept album....

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