A welcome antidote to this year's more conventional cash-ins from Bublé and Bieber, This Is Christmas is a joyous and affectionate affair that already feels like an instant festive classic.
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Inspired while being snowed in that winter, the contemplative singer/songwriter who performs as Emmy and the lead singer of Northern Ireland’s effervescent pop-rock group Ash came up , attention moves to alternative tunes and in a crowded market, their ‘Zombie Christmas’ has shown the novelty single is far from dead.
On a stage liberally decorated with tinsel and fairy lights, matched by themed dress in the crowd (both Santas and undead), the pair aim for a party vibe, something swiftly achieved thanks to Wheeler’s buzz-pop guitar.
Indeed, the fact that the album was originally to be released under the pseudonym Sleigher is indicative of the record's playful nature, whether it's the eerie "Silent Night" intro that opens the gothic alt-pop of "Zombie Christmas," the cheerleader-style chanting on the quick burst of CSS-esque art rock that is "Jesus the Reindeer," or the brilliantly corny "Deck the Halls" guitar solo that closes the sugary-sweet cover of "Marshmallow World." But This Is Christmas is just as magical when it steps into more heartwarming territory.
"Sleigh Me," the first song they ever co-wrote together, is a gorgeously melancholic if slightly slushy folk-pop number that unexpectedly recalls the Beautiful South at their most wistful, the Spector-ish "(Don't Call Me) Mrs.