Jingles all the way: This Christmas
Country rock singers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson released a modern take on classical holiday music called â€śThis Christmasâ€ť. The new album features old favorites such as â€śJingle Bellsâ€ť and â€śJoy to The Worldâ€ť as well as some original pieces of work.
The album starts with the hit single â€śThis Christmas,â€ť one of the albumâ€™s three original songs. Guest starring Alyssa Bonagura as the female vocalist, â€śThis Christmasâ€ť stands out with its powerful drum beats and guitar riffs. While the song doesnâ€™t have any lyrics that are exceptionally captivating, the singers collaborate well and produce graceful harmonies with catchy melodies.
â€śThis Christmasâ€ť has an engaging blend of different tastes. Classic songs such as â€śSanta Claus is Coming to Townâ€ť and â€śWe Wish You a Merry Christmasâ€ť are strictly instrumental, combining gentle bows of orchestral sounds with the country rock feel of the rest of the album. The pleasant chimes of the xylophone are just present enough to create that distinct holiday feel.
Fans of country music will especially appreciate this album. The light strumming of the acoustic guitar paired with the brothersâ€™ subtle southern accents is reminiscent of modern country songs, except â€śThis Christmasâ€ť features a touch of metal and a hint of holiday spirit. Though Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are still climbing up the charts, their latest Christmas album is undeniably a unique musical experience worth trying.
By Brian Chen, Staff writer
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