British singer-songwriter Lily Lambert throws in her contribution to the holidays with her latest release, Merry Christmas, With Love. Recently released, this EP features six songs heavily laden with Lambert’s unique style.
The acoustic guitar-driven “Silent Night” is accompanied by a banjo and brush-played drums, creating a soft, folk-imbibed cocoon for Lambert’s sweet-sounding vocals. Similarly, “O Holy Night” is led with an acoustic guitar but features an additional layer of strings; interestingly enough, Lambert chose to keep her version somewhat restrained, despite the use of a supporting choir. In the same way, the usually upbeat “Feliz Navidad” is also tamed down into a gentle piano-led ballad.
She chose to bring a bit of a cheerful, upbeat jangle to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” that will make toes tap. While a little more muted, “When A Child Is Born” remains upbeat between the mid-tempo melody led with the seemingly omnipresent acoustic guitar, the brush-played drums, and supporting keyboard.
“Carol of the Bells” stands out because of the way it brings touches of classical, indie, and jazz together. It might take a few listens for the song to cross over to one’s Christmas list, but it does make for an interesting version.
Merry Christmas, With Love comes in sharp contrast with the previous Christmas album I reviewed for Blogcritics. While that one added unusual colours and textures to holiday classics, this one for the most part stays well within the range of what we are used to. Tracks are available for streaming on SoundCloud. More information about Lily Lambert is available on her Facebook page and her official website.
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