Let me go on record by saying that I’m a bit of a fan of The Polyphonic Spree. Let me also say that I’m a bit of a sucker for all things festive. So I was quite excited when “Sounds of the Holidays Vol One Holiday Dream” dropped through the letterbox recently.
However, I’ve put off listening to it as we’re not allowed to mention the C word until after 23rd November – it’s a long and complicated story I won’t bore you with here.
This is the first time the special edition package, resplendent with its two bonus tracks and DVD of the band live in London, has had a European release so I was pretty pleased to have received it.
Basically what you’re getting with Holiday Dream is a collection of the band’s favourite Christmas tunes given the trademark sprinkling of Polyphonic Spree fairy dust.
The stand out track for me is the bands rendition of Lennon’s ‘Merry Xmas (War is Over)’ but to be fair if you want to get into the whole spirit of the season there’s not a bad track on the record at all.
The DVD is a nice touch but I’m not a huge fan of music videos so it got a cursory skimming over and nothing more.
This CD will certainly be getting an airing on Christmas morning in this household and if you want to get in the mood for the season all I can suggest is you sit up in front of the fire, pour yourself a large glass of whatever tipple takes your fancy, break out the mince pies and pop this album on the old music centre. Instant Festivities and highly recommended!

Stuart Smith

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