From silly to sultry!
This is absolutely one of my favorite versions of any Christmas song ever sung by anyone ever. It makes me wish Goldfrapp would do an entire Christmas album. Their sound is perfect for it. Sadly, this is the only one I know of that they recorded, and it was only released on a Starbucks Christmas album in 2008.
This song in particular has echoes of the styles exhibited in Felt Mountain and even some of the quieter songs on Black Cherry and Supernature. (The whistling at the end is VERY Felt Mountain.) It’s layered with delicate, airy, and crystalline sounds. Very evocative of a snow-white powdery “Winter Wonderland.”
Alison’s voice reminds me a lot of Marilyn Monroe’s, with its seductive breathiness, especially when she sighs “He’ll say ‘Are you married?’ We’ll say ‘No man.'” It makes her offer to conspire by the fire sound absolutely irresistible.
I live in sunny Los Angeles, California, but this song makes me imagine that it’s a freezing, snowy night outside and that I’m curled up by a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa and someone with whom I want to conspire. Maybe I’m dreaming of that Goldfrapp Christmas album.
Enjoy the song, and Merry Christmas!
I’ve been listening to a lot of Neko Case lately (like, a LOT), and I was going to do an album review of Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, but then I realized: It’s December! Why am I not reviewing Christmas songs?? And then I remembered seeing somewhere that Neko Case recorded a Christmas song called “Santa Left a Booger in My Stocking” with Meat Loaf. And I thought to myself “Well that’s an interesting combination! Why have I not looked that up yet?”
Well, it turns out she recorded the song with Meatwad, a character from the long-running Adult Swim cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force, NOT Meat Loaf, of Bat Out of Hell and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” fame.
It kind of weird and delightful at the same time, like Sesame Street After Dark, if that were a thing. It’s a lot milder than that sounds though, especially when you consider that this is Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which is usually a lot raunchier. But then again Meatwad is the innocent character of the cast, so it could still technically make it on Sesame Street. It’s got that children’s variety show feel to it. Speaking of which, I wonder if Neko’s been on Sesame Street? Is she more the Yo Gabba Gabba! type?
Okay, sorry, got way off track there. The song itself is kind of catchy and the back and forth between Neko (who always sounds great) and Meatwad is actually kinda charming, in a perverse way. And it’s nice to have a silly Christmas song every once in awhile!
I guess I don’t have much to say about this song (yet again), but then it’s not what I was expecting at all. It was a complete surprise. But a good one! And fun. I might just have to add this one to my Christmas playlist, if only to see people’s reactions to it.