Various - Now That's What I Call Christmas 2008

Not wanting to come over all 'bah humbug', but just how many Christmas tunes do people actually need ? The previous two discs have become three for this latest Now release and, on this evidence, it's a stretch too far. I mean, apart from calling out the good ones, the stinkers and the simply bizarre, what else can I do ? To that end, in the former camp the old favourites are all there : The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl with 'Fairytale Of New York, The Waitresses do 'Christmas Wrapping' and does anything really come close to Nat ‘King’ Cole's 'The Christmas Song' ? Stinkers abound. Of course. Christmas really does bring out the worst in songwriters. Dina Carroll's 'The Perfect Year' is pure syrup, The Puppini Sisters' 'Jingle Bells' really isn't funny and can I have 'All I Want For Christmas is You' sung by Mariah Carey and NOT Samantha Mumba ? Please ? The weird stuff is simply never going to make it to classic status; I'm looking at you Girls Aloud, Stevie Wonder and, mind-bogglingly, Alma Cogan, amongst others. Bearing in mind there's only a dozen or so vaguely decent Christmas songs to begin with, this enterprise was doomed from the off. My advice : get yourself a copy of Phil Spector's 'A Christmas Gift fo You', save yourself a few quid into the bargain and spend the rest on a bottle of something 'restorative'. Merry Christmas. Hic !

Overall

5

out of 10

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