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Various: The Year They Recalled Santa ClausThe Year They Recalled Santa Claus (2003)
KROQ

Reviewer Rating: 1.5


Contributed by: KirbyPuckettKirbyPuckett
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This year's KROQ's Christmas album again brings to our attention some tunes done by some of our favorite "Punk" friends. I'm not going to bother with all of the bands that we could careless about like "Linkin' Park" or the skits like "Jessica & Nick's first Christmas as husband and wife" because asi.
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This year's KROQ's Christmas album again brings to our attention some tunes done by some of our favorite "Punk" friends. I'm not going to bother with all of the bands that we could careless about like "Linkin' Park" or the skits like "Jessica & Nick's first Christmas as husband and wife" because aside from the "Punk" bands on here, this disc is useless.

Thrice is up first with Dustin belting out "Happy X-Mas (War is Over)" over his acoustic guitar. I felt the song was done well vocally and musically as Dustin's powerful voice fills the airwaves with a humble song for the season.

Our good friends Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast combine once again for a very special Christmas tune. It's not "Christmas in Hollis Queens" but "Player's Ball" is still a pretty solid holiday jam.

Vinnie takes the vocal responsibilities for Less Than Jake on "I'm Gettin' Nuttin for Christmas." This is the perfect song for this band and it sounds more like their older material than something off of Anthem.

"A Change at Christmas (Say it isn't so)" by the Flaming Lips carries a respectable solid beat before this Christmas record falls completely downhill.

The Ataris' gift to us is the piano led solo track "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" done by Kris Roe. I'm a sucker for Roe's voice and this depressing song provides a different look at the talent that he has in one of the few quality songs on the compilation.

Rooney and Ryan Adams both turn in very bland songs that are sort of like that sweater your grandmother knitted for you.

Finishing off "The Year They Recalled Santa Clause" is Brand News take at "Oh Holy Night." When I saw that Brand New was on the compilation I immediately expected a great deal from it, hoping Jesse would turn in another strong vocal effort to the traditional song. Although I was a tad bit let down the group still turns in a quality song in a soft subtle manner that closes the record off completely.

To "Wrap" things up, don't buy this. It's not really worth your money. You can download all of these songs from somewhere, somehow and only a few of them are even worth your effort anyways.

 


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (January 4, 2004)

"I'm too lazy to select 1 in the drop-down box... who gives a fuck about the rating anyways."

GreenVandal.

-BSD

TheOneTrueBill (January 3, 2004)

yeah. I almost never change the rating.

Anonymous (January 1, 2004)

I'm too lazy to select 1 in the drop-down box... who gives a fuck about the rating anyways.

Anonymous (December 31, 2003)

"The equivalent to waking up in the morning only to see BSD is fucking you in the ass. BOGUS"

Hence the five star rating?

-BSD

Anonymous (December 30, 2003)

(Back from Canada)

Who really gives a flying shit?

kirbypuckett (December 30, 2003)

vinnie does not sing the LTJ song, roger does.

Yeah, that was def. my typo.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(Back from Canada)

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

many people think "I'm getting nothing for Christmas" is a LTJ original? Please tell me its not the "I'm getting nothing for christmas" I'm thinking of 'cause if it is then many many people are really fuckin' dumb.

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

How are you gonna see him...he's behind you...

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

The equivalent to waking up in the morning only to see BSD is fucking you in the ass. BOGUS

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

The equivalent to, hmmmm, waking up in the morning after a bad night's sleep and being shot in the face. That's sorta what this is like.

-BSD

Anonymous (December 28, 2003)

None of the bands on this cd are punk. You need to take out your hardcore handbook and learn how to represent. We keep this site alive by making sure to listen to those bands that are good. I know that I listen to "good music", which is all the narly bands that are usually reviewed on here. Even the really old skool hardcore like avail, and dare i say the old skool punk like pennywise and nofx. You really need to write your wrongs and not be like all the other idiots you go to high school with. All There is aneed to say is ... Oi! Find the light!

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

I care about Linkin Park

magician (December 27, 2003)

The Ataris song is actually a cover. Tom Waits does the original. The songs are mostly identical expect for the contrast of vocals: where Tom Waits' voice is very unique yet still very cool. This score is for Tom Waits.

GreenVandal (December 27, 2003)

poop. that is all.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

KROQ Kevin & Bean's Last Christmas was a better, more respectable Christmas CD: Blink 182, Pennywise, Unwritten Law, Long Beach Dub All Stars, Save Ferris were all on it.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

vinnie does not sing the LTJ song, roger does. buddy their trombone player lends his vocal talents at the end, but that is that. also many people think this is an orginal LTJ song and well its not, it was some song that was written in the 50's. i do like how it sounds though, it sounds more like something they recorded back in the pezcore days.

Anonymous (December 27, 2003)

ryan adams is punk

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

I thought that was Roger singing the LTJ song. What do I know?

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Oh, we need all reviews that come from someone who hopes for "strong vocal effort" from Jesse Lachey. Brand New's new approach of playing softly and whisper-singing has got to start getting called something other than "subtle."

Everyone sounds the same, when they whisper-sing. And no one can tell if your voice is bad when you do it. It's the miracle trick. Hehe.

i-type-poorly (December 26, 2003)

did we really need a review of this? The title alone assures us crap.

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

Fuck kroq and their lame ass playlists. How many albums are out there and they play the same damn linkin park songs? Fuck lame ass kevin and bean. Radio is the end of the line. If you haven't made it by the time you're 30 you end up on some "morning zoo crew" show. There is no reason to listen to the radio. At all. Fuck this shit.
twat

maverick (December 26, 2003)

For the record, it was hard as hell finding cover art for this fucking record. Just for the effort I had to put forth, I give this CD a 1.

-Scott

irish_joo (December 26, 2003)

kroq suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks

eyeball_kid (December 26, 2003)

Vinnie sings?

I see what you did there with the 'wrap'. Ho Ho Ho Merrrry Christmas!

Anonymous (December 26, 2003)

first!

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