November 11, 2004

Test Spin: Various Artists

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The OC’s holiday album is not a Christmas album, it’s a Chrismukkah album. For those who don’t know the story of Chrismukkah, it all began when Newport’s fictional Jewish family, the Cohens welcomed outsider (and non-Jew) Ryan into their family. Chrismukkah was born. The album opens with The Raveonette’s smooth harmonies on “The Christmas Song,” followed by Jimmy Eat World’s poppy version of “Last Christmas.” The Long Winters’ “Christmas With You is the Best” chimes in: “We both hate the holidays / our parents act crazy / And the mall is insane / Lets skip it all and have a non traditional non denominational celebration / Christmas with you is the best.” Leona Mass’s moody “Christmas” promises to keep you warm, and several of the songs feature bells in the background that almost make you want to deck the halls in November. All in all the perfect non-traditional, non-denominational Christmukkah collection.

Archived article by Logan Bromer
Sun Staff Writer