Relient K
Let It Snow, Baby... Let It Reindeer


3.5
great

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
November 18th, 2010 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What’s a partridge? And what’s a pear tree? I don't know so please don't ask me. But I can bet those are terrible gifts to get.

As the holiday season approaches, sometimes I find it really hard to get in the spirit. There is extra traffic, shopping anywhere is a nightmare, and I have to worry about what to buy for all my relatives who I know virtually nothing about. Christmas music usually starts blasting through every radio station right around Thanksgiving, and the whole idea behind the holidays begins to feel like one contrived consumer-exploiting commercial scam. And it may be just that. But I always take solace in one thing: tradition. For instance, the place where my family picks out its Christmas tree serves free hot chocolate. Even if I couldn’t care less what the tree looks like, I tag along for the ride every year to get that silly cup of hot cocoa while I freeze my ass off standing around on a ground covered in pine needles. Pointless" Maybe…but I have found that it is the little things that take me back to when I was seven years old, sitting at the top of the stairs in my Alf pajamas at 6 a.m. Christmas morning, and watching the multi-colored lights twinkle from the top of the stairs as I anxiously awaited the “go ahead” from mom and dad. Another tradition that I have started rather recently is Relient K’s Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer. The album was only just released in 2007, but every year since then around late November/early December I dust off that light blue CD case and pop the cleverly titled album in. Even when I am surrounded by the annual holiday annoyances that should compel me to say “bah humbug”, Relient K always manages to pick me up and give me a dose of holiday cheer.

Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer is not your grandma’s Christmas album. It is fast, punchy, and loads of fun. It captures Christmas from a youthful perspective, with classic Relient K charm giving a fresh perspective on even the most ancient of carols. Take for example “Angels We Have Heard On High.” It may very well be the punkest song in the band’s entire repertoire, and it comes on a Christmas compilation. If you think that sounds strange but oddly pleasant, then you will probably enjoy this record. The lyrics are also very entertaining, as lead vocalist Matt Thiessen ad-libs with the most awkward but comedic of timing. In the middle of “12 Days of Christmas”, he exclaims, “What’s a partridge" And what’s a pear tree" I don't know so please don't ask me. But I can bet those are terrible gifts to get.” It may seem kind of corny, but as you are bouncing your head along to these quirky, up-tempo Christmas carols, it will tickle you just right. Trust me.

Don’t fret though, because the album isn’t as obnoxiously sweet as, say, Five Score and Seven Years Ago. Knowing Relient K’s penchant for blind optimism, one could only expect Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer to be the worst offender in their discography. I mean, Christmas is all about being happy, right" And Relient K is happy all the time no matter what, right" Well…yes…but surprisingly, they also manage to work in quite a few serious moments here, from touching accounts of the berth of Christ (“Silent Night / Away In a Manger”) to soft crooners like “Merry Christmas, Here’s to Many More” and “I Hate Christmas Parties.” The album is mostly upbeat and driven by punk-rock influences, but it also features a careful balance so that at no point does it become either annoyingly cheery or boring. That is a balance that Relient K often fails to observe even on their studio releases, but here they do an absolutely masterful job.

Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer is a very diverse record because it manages to capture all the elements of Christmas. From the contemplative moments by the fireplace to the snowball fights in the backyard, this is a soundtrack to suit them all. Its most endearing trait, however, is most likely its innovation. I’m not talking about time signature changes and the pioneering of lost genres; they just manage to experiment on the simplest but most entertaining of levels with songs that have, for the most part, remained unchanged for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. It is just different enough be an interesting, new Christmas album worth your attention. Who knows, it may even become something that you listen to on an annual basis. It’s never too late to start a tradition…and if you are looking for something to cheer up your inner grinch, Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer is an excellent place to start.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2010


28107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I kind of just talked in this review. I dunno a fun-ish review for a fun kind of album. Can't wait for s(n)owing season to arrive.

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ConsiderPhlebas
November 18th 2010


6157 Comments


Good review man, very easy read. Might give this a spin.

pizzamachine
November 18th 2010


13866 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Quite an enjoyable review, and also a very fun album.

Eko
November 18th 2010


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

possibly their best album (other than forget and not slow down of course)

youre on a relient k run.

Eko
November 18th 2010


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why arent you a contributor yet

PingPongParty
November 18th 2010


32 Comments


My inner grinch definately needs cheering up

nice review though


SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2010


28107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks phlebas, pizza, pingpong, eko...and yeah eko, i have been on a bit of a relient k kick...it was bound to happen with christmas coming up.

Maniac!
November 18th 2010


28046 Comments


they'll never top 3LDMARB3D or MMHMM

Eko
November 18th 2010


2119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@sowing hence your picture

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2010


28107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah subtle...i know ; )

PingPongParty
November 18th 2010


32 Comments


very

Defeater
November 18th 2010


5782 Comments


one week and we'll be hearing this shit for over a month

Irving
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2010


7503 Comments


Great review Sowing. A casual and fun read - a nice change from the high-octane affairs we tend to have gotten as of late. Pos.

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2010


28107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks irving, that's kind of what i was going for...i didn't put much thought into this, it is more of a stream of consciousness thing where i just wrote whatever popped into my head. im pretty happy with it though.

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 18th 2010


28107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks chambered same to you...im going to drop a review of Taylor Swift's christmas album closer to Christmas though. this is just to get me in the mood : )

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 19th 2010


28107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha thanks for the blind vote of confidence xeno but if you get the time you should read it and tell me how bad it is

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 19th 2010


28107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok as long as you promise, i'll be able to sleep tonight

Douglas
November 19th 2010


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

just love the break at the end of wish you a merry christmas, makes me go yeaaaaah baby

heyadam
November 19th 2010


2256 Comments


great review man, this kinda felt like you should've given it a higher rating though:p pos

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SowingSeason
Moderator
November 19th 2010


28107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, people said that about both this and my rihanna review...i dunno...i don't always feel the need to have a "what was bad" type of section to a review to warrant giving it a 3.5...sometimes just the way that I describe it as a fun, in-the-moment album implies that it doesn't warrant a 5. I could be wrong, i dont know. Thats just the way I write sometimes.



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