A Slugs & Bugs Christmas
|Preview||1||Happy Birthday, Jesus|
|Preview||2||Building A Gingerbread House|
|Preview||3||It's Christmas Time Again|
|Preview||4||Jesus Loves Me|
|Preview||5||It Came Upon A Midnight Clear|
|Preview||6||Hot Dog Buns Promo|
|Preview||7||Pass The Ketchup|
|Preview||8||The Camel Song|
|Preview||9||I Spy (Fast)|
|Preview||11||Joy To The World|
|Preview||12||Away In A Manger|
|Preview||13||And You Will Know Him|
|Preview||14||I Spy (Slow)|
|Preview||16||Christmas Around The World|
|Preview||17||The Camel Song Conversation|
Comments & Reviews
If you are a fan of the original Slugs, Bugs & Lullabies, this is a must have! If you’ve never heard of the aforementioned, trust me on this: you’ll enjoy this Christmas cd as much as your kids.
Randall Goodgame and Andrew Peterson have put together a completely zany mix of traditional Christmas songs with some of the most bizarre and hilarious songs ever. For example, “The Camel Song” is the only Christmas song I’ve ever heard with a Star Wars reference. Yet, everybody loves it!
“It’s Christmastime” should have been subtitled (an Ode to The Lumberjack Song). Crazy fun!
The album has it’s tender moments, but for the most part it’s just plain fun!
Leave it to Randall Goodgame and the Slugs and Bugs crew to fashion a Christmas album that is equal parts silliness and sweetness. “A Slugs & Bugs Christmas” sets the stage for a family celebration of this most wonderful holiday complete with laughter, dancing, reflection, and celebration. It will become an annual singalong staple for years to come.
The album approaches the holiday with a wink, and the songwriting’s characteristic wit is evident throughout. I read the title “Building a Gingerbread House” and thought of the many disasters we’ve experienced in that most difficult of construction projects. Guess what? It’s right there in the song, and we get to smile about it. “Pass the Ketchup” is nonsensical fun that makes you wonder what the backstory is and how it wound up on a Christmas album, but I’ll take it, and I can assure you your kids will sing it over and over again. And the “Camel Song” is, well, sublime. “The Empire Strikes Back” will never be the same.
Christmas has its poignant and touching family moments too, and those are represented here with a delicate touch. Children’s vocals are used throughout and they’re done better than I can remember. They’re not formal choirs – that would be too stuffy. On the other hand, they’re good singers, so as not to distract. I particularly like “I Spy”, a duet with Goodgame and his daughter based on a sweet family tradition. Two traditional carols, “Away in a Manger” and “Joy to the World” sound wonderful as well.
One final note: It’s not unexpected that the music here is catchy, but it’s worth mentioning that the musicians are top-notch and the production is excellent. That’s important, since upon repeated listenings (and there will be repeated listenings!) you can delight in finding new subtleties in the music.
My nephews and nieces fell in love with Slugs and Bugs and Lullabies, so when I saw this, it was an easy choice for a Christmas present. Having gotten the download, I am thrilled! This album cracks me up, especially It’s Christmastime and The Camel Song (yes, I love The Camel Song - I mean, a Christmas song with a reference to Star Wars? Good stuff). And one listen to Building a Gingerbread House will get that stuck in your head, and that is a good thing. The other carols and lullabies are very good as well. Randall has done a excellent job with this album. I can’t wait for my nephews and nieces to get their copies in December!