A ListenUpReviews.com Rockin’ Christmas Pick!
FF5’s utterly unique music and typical good humor make this a Christmas album like no other — and it has fast become one of our top Christmas favorites.
Family Force 5’s Christmas Pageant opens with “Carol Of The Bells”, which is a bit humorous at first, then turns just plain cool (and, of course, very catchy).
“Little Drummer Boy” has fast and jazzily rhythmic music that makes you want to move; and the little lyrical twist that they made is perfect (we quite literally laughed out loud upon hearing the brilliantly clever change ).
“Christmas Time Is Here” puts a bit more emphasis on the electronics, and for lightheartedness features a background crowd of voices (and at one point a retro organ ).
“My Favorite Things” (yes, that one from The Sound Of Music) is an Crunk Rocker. FF5 took this song and made it cooler than you’d ever imagine; and once you hear it, you’ll never be satisfied with any other version!
“Angels We Have Heard On High” is another great track, with some good-natured humor both in an added ‘chipmunk’-type voice providing occasional accents, and their hilarious original bridge near the end.
“Do You Hear What I Hear” is another excellent Crunk Rocker, with low-range music, heavy beats, and great lyrical/vocal embellishments. (It’s probably the coolest, and catchiest, version of this song we’ve heard yet.)
“T’was The Night Before Christmas” (featuring Lalipop) has rap-style verses and an excellent, completely unique, and downright cool chorus.
“It’s Christmas Day” (featuring Jerome Olds) is the first of FF5’s two original Christmas tracks. It’s done in a completely different style than we’ve heard from them before, but (of course ) it’s great.
“The Baby” is the band’s second original. With rap-influenced and slightly intense (in a very good way!) Crunk Rock, this track— simply put— is . (You’ll be humming it later. )
Finally, they close the album with an electronic rendition of “Wonderful Christmastime”.
Like their debut, Family Force 5’s Christmas Pageant is an album that you’ll feel good after listening to, and you’ll want to play it over and over again. It’s excellent, and we recommend it.