A Christmas Album (Transparent Red Vinyl LP)

Transparent Red Vinyl LP



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Reissued just in time to sit on Santa's knee and tell him this is what you want for Christmas, it's Bright Eyes' very own album full of carols. With a somewhat straightforward seeming selection of songs - Away In A Manger, Silent Night, Blue Christmas... - still sounds more like a Bright Eyes album than a mall nightmare. A Christmas Album saw Conor Oberst teaming up with Azure Ray's Maria Taylor, along with a whole host of other angels, for this melancholic but oddly lovely nativity scene of a record. Reissued today on jolly red vinyl, we're not mad at it! - Flying Out

Traditional Christmas songs performed and arranged by Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Maria Taylor along with the help of Jake Bellows, Gretta Cohn, Armand Costanzo, Denver Dalley, Stefanie Drootin, Orenda Fink, Neely Jenkins, Jiha Lee, Andy LeMaster, Mike Mogis, Matt Oberst, Stephen Pedersen, Blake Sennett, Macey Taylor, and Nick White.

Bright Eyes’ Christmas Album begins with a piano, flute, ambient noise, and musical saw-driven version of Away in a Manger, helping weed out casual Christmas music enjoyers, but all too tempting for the most devout of Conor Oberst’s disciples, who originally learned that the warmth of the holiday season is trumped only by its potential for melancholy back in 2002 with the original Saddle Creek release. Oberst and a small army of friends at his house proceed to jamboree through Christmas classics like Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, and Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, Holiday cheer, when delivered with Oberst’s trademark tremble, sounds more like a lament than it does hymns of ecclesiastical joy. But the spirited listener will find that the fragile, homespun, and somewhat blinkered vibe that permeates the album sets itself apart from the bog-standard, less sonically humble offerings of the holidays, and, both strangely and satisfyingly, is probably more aligned with the true spirit of the season.


1. Away in a Manger
2. Blue Christmas
3. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. The First Noel
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. White Christmas
8. Silent Night
9. Silver Bells
10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
11. The Night Before Christmas