Indigo Girls

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I Feel The Christmas Spirit
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O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)
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Mistletoe
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Happy Joyous Hanukkah
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Angels We Have Heard On High
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There's Still My Joy
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In The Bleak Midwinter
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Your Holiday Song
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Peace Child
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Now You're Closer To Finding The Perfect Christmas Record

Formed in the mid 1980's the Indigo Girls are made up of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. The pair have always shown a resilience and a willingness to experiment, exemplified by the arrival of the normally edgy duo's Christmas album 'Holly Happy Days' in 2010. Over 12 tracks the girls spread comfort and joy with 9 covers and 3 songs they wrote especially for the album. Of the older tracks there are some surprises amongst the mostly well-known numbers like 'O Holy Night', 'In The Bleak Midwinter' and 'Angels We Have Heard On High' with Woody Guthrie’s little gem 'Happy Joyous Hanukah' an undoubted highlight. A campfire sing-along if one could do such things when it is minus Celsius outside!

'Holly Happy Days' is quiet and considered for a lot of the time (though opening track ‘I Feel The Christmas Spirit’ is anything but) with plenty of Bluegrass/Appalachian seeping through thanks to the who's who from those genres who were infiltrated to add the backing instrumentation. There are splendid moments of sheer abandonment however such on the Amy Ray written ‘The Wonder Song’ which should have you grabbing your partner by the hand and making like it the best Christmas party ever. The girls immersed themselves in dozens of Christmas standards prior to recording the album and there is an undoubted warmth to proceedings throughout. This is especially keen on the classic ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ where the harmonies are wondrous, almost old timey in texture but destined for repeat plays over the holidays. This is followed up by another Ray newbie called ‘Mistletoe’ which is slow and deliberate but has a delightful personality that should ensure its longevity. ‘Holly Happy Days’ is a lovely reinvigoration of the near lost art of the Christmas album.

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