The air is cool, pumpkins are neatly arranged on front porches, and children are stocking up on face paint -- what better time to review a Christmas album?
Jadon Lavik strikes a merry chord with Christmas, a compilation of Christmas classics including "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Joy to the World." While the songs themselves have been recycled and redone by nearly every musician under the sun, Lavik puts a refreshing twist on songs like "Little Drummer Boy" and "Mele Kalikimaka."
With a warm, magnetic voice, Lavik combines the slight plucking of an acoustic guitar and rolling, poppy drums to create a record that Brett Dennen would be proud of ... if he was covering Jason Mraz. Each tracks breathes with a life that feels new and genuinely inspired, which will be a sigh of relief come Christmas Day.