Rockapella Christmas Import
Holiday music is a great tradition for vocal groups everywhere, so it seems a natural choice for a cappella quintet Rockapella. The rock-pop-jazz group that went from cult favorite to national Folgers Coffee phenomenon fills their first Christmas album with the standards you'd expect ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song") as well as three originals by member Scott Leonard: "The Hope You Hold," "Christmas Without You," and "Hold Out for Christmas" (a lovely ballad that had been included on their J-Bird debut). While the album as a whole is somewhat conservatively tilted toward jazz and doo-wop sounds, they enjoy a bit of whimsy with "Glow Worm," and fans of big bass Barry Carl will especially enjoy his featured spot on the funkiest track, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." --David Horiuchi
They took "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," a very pretty song, and mixed in some Glow Worm? In my opinion, this doesn't work at all. And the lyrics on the original tracks... Ouch. Here's a line from "Christmas Without You:"
"I hop on a train to Macy's,
Thinkin I'll just replace these
memories we made together.
But all the memory shelves are bare."
That's right. It does say "memory shelves." This is the kind of Christmas CD you want to put on in the background when people are talking and only half listening. It's very pretty, unless it has your full attention.