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pleasant little record, Yuletunes:
A Collection Of Alternative Pop Christmas Songs (1991)
isn't quite the power pop slam dunk I imagined when I first heard about it.
Released on the Shoes' Black
Vinyl Records and featuring Shoe wunderkind Jeff Murphy throughout, Yuletunes sets
a mood more congruent with an indolent Big Star ballad than a Raspberries rocker. While a few cuts
work up a pretty good head of steam, most dwell on the melancholy aspects of the holiday season, and
the music inevitably reflects it. That's not a bad thing, necessarily, but it casts a certain pall
on the proceedings that prevents any one track from delivering a knockout punch - not even Material
Issue, whom I all but worship. In the end, Yuletunes is
a record for made for acolytes (like me) but which will leave the uninitiated supplicant mystified.
A God Of My Own (92 Degrees)
It's About That Time (The Idea)
It's Not Christmas (Kelley Ryan)
Merry Christmas Will Do (Material Issue)
Santa Stole My Baby (Leroy)
She Feels Like Christmas Day (Critics)
The Saddest Time Of The Year (Spooner)
This Christmas (Shoes)
Three Wise Men & A Baby (Cavedogs)
Underneath The Christmas Tree (Bill Lloyd)
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