Jingles all the way: Christmas in Tahoe


Train’s new album, “Christmas in Tahoe,” is a Christmas rock album that gives off the vibe of waking up on a chilly Christmas morning surrounded by the warmth of friends and family. The collection was released Saturday Nov. 13 and features covers of Christmas classics such as “O Holy Night” by John Sullivan Dwight, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Hugh Martin and other famous seasonal songs.

The most well-known song covered in this album is “Merry Christmas Everybody,” a Christmas song from 1973 by the English rock band Slade. Train revives the classic by keeping Slade’s trademark rock vibe, but Train’s lead singer Noddy Holder sings in a slower, softer voice instead of mimicking the rough and energetic tone of the original song.

Another song featured in “Christmas in Tahoe” is “Mele Kalikimaka,” a Hawaiian Christmas song by Robert Alexander Anderson. Train’s cover adopts an upbeat pop style instead of imitating the monotone voice used in the original song. “Mele Kalikimaka” creates the perfect mood for relaxing on a pleasant sandy beach in Hawaii during the holiday break.

Since the album mostly consists of covers and only features three self-written songs, it’s hard to get a taste of Train’s creativity. However, Train’s original hit single, “Shake Up Christmas,” compensates for the other timeworn songs. “Shake Up Christmas” goes through multiple transitions in music genres including gospel, country and pop, and it ends with an intense combination of these styles in the main chorus.

Despite the lack of creativity behind the idea of the album, “Christmas in Tahoe” fits perfectly with the wintry weather and the upcoming holidays. The album is available exclusively on Amazon, but it’s definitely worth buying for family or friends as an entertaining Christmas gift. “Christmas in Tahoe” provides cheerful, modernized songs that will fit the mood for any festive occasion.

By Sam Compolongo, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of iTunes

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