Review Summary: "You pulled me out of the dark and now its light."
Slow Club, comprised of Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson, is an English folk duo. Only months after their first LP, they released this EP to celebrate Christmas. These are not traditional Christmas songs full of children playing, reindeer, snowmen or Santa. Instead, these songs are full of a much more basic human need: human company. The singers are looking for people to spend Christmas day with, since a lonely Christmas is a miserable Christmas indeed.
All Alone on Christmas is is a very melancholy song centered around a man who wants absolutely nothing more than his loved one to return to him for christmas. He is very lonely, remarking that "nobody wants to be all alone on christmas." Charles Watson's emotional lyrics are accompanied by the piano which only seems to reinforce his desolation. After that sadness and desolation, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) is a far more uplifting song. Rebecca Taylor voices the cover of the original Darlene Love's song. While the lyrics also are pleading with someone to return, the music makes this a more uplifting and joyous song. Rebecca's voice seems to speak to a significant other who is gone on a business trip or something of the like rather than the previous song which seems to speak to an ex-lover who left the singer.
It's Christmas and you're boring me surrounds a couple who have lost the excitement in their relationship. Rebecca's lyrics convey that she still cares about her significant other but she is, as the title of the song suggests, bored with him. She tells herself that she will "wait 'till New Years to tell you that we're through," not wanting to ruin the magic and joy of christmas. Rebecca's sincere voice is accompanied by Charles on the guitar which merely resides in the background, letting the vocals take center stage and allow that to shine, just like the other songs on the EP. This album as a whole ends on a very strong note with arguably the best song on it: Christmas TV. This is the only song in which both members of the duet sing together and that adds to the overall feel of the song. Both singers voice people who are crazy about the other and both want the other to return. This is vastly different from previous songs because the desire for a person to come home was usually pretty one sided. Overall Christmas, Thanks For Nothing is a great christmas album that deserves its place on the shelf beside other christmas carols.
1. Christmas TV
2. All Alone On Christmas