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Various Artists, A Whaling City Christmas, Volume 1 (Whaling City Sound)




Various Artists, A Whaling City Christmas, Volume 1 (Whaling City Sound)
CD Reviews: December 11, 2014

12/11/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Various Artists, A Whaling City Christmas, Volume 1 (Whaling City Sound)
Once a CD reviewer’s collection of freebies reaches the point where you could fill a coat closet with the stuff, the road becomes filled with abandoned intentions, such as this collection of original Christmas music from down under, meaning New Bedford, Massachusetts. It came out last year, but maybe if you buy it they’ll still dole out proceeds to the New Bedford Education Foundation, which, news flash, has a dead link at the home page of their dot-org. Pretty typical stuff for a townie compilation LP, with some King Diamond skit-metal (a hidden track at No. 14) mixed in with a punk-version Alanis wannabe (Donna Harris’s “Once a Year”) and “Lights Lights Lights,” a wingnut Zappa-style thingamajig that makes fun of Clark Griswold-type one-upsmanship when decorating for the holidays (“My lights are better than yours”). Mostly, of course, it’s fedora-hat Peavey-amp turpitude and ipecac-flavored folkie stuff (one of the tunes sounded like an off-key Pete Seeger). But there was a faint glimmer of hope, namely Grand Army’s “In the City of God’s Lost Children,” which revolved around something that sounded like circuit-breaking, but with no creativity. Other than everything I just mentioned, it’s jaw-droppingly awesome. C- Eric W. Saeger





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