Celebrate an Irreverent Christmas with the Lucky Old Sons: Album Review

Categories: Homespun

"Santa's List" takes the idea of St. Nick's "naughty" list and updates it for the web 2.0, complete with social-media shoutouts. Things get even more meta on "Merry Christmas from the '50s," which serves as a winking advertisement for the CD itself. The moments of genuine nostalgia -- always a complicated but key component of the holidays -- make songs like "The Ghost" a bit more endearing. On it, Davis flips through Christmas memories from childhood to adulthood, recognizing that something of that Christmas magic seems to recede with every year. A Very Lucky Christmas doesn't restore that magic, exactly, nor does it set out to. Rather, the bar band treats the material with just enough respect to balance the sarcasm.

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