Twinnie - Blue Christmas
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Blue Christmas (IKAW, 2023)


Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

Twinnie created this holiday release with relationships on her mind. Although she closes the five-song project with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," everything that comes before it puts love and romance smack dab into the holiday season context.

Even though she puts it gently with "Elf Yourself," it's clear what she means when she sings, "Go elf yourself" to someone she clearly doesn't want for Christmas. On "Secret Santa," she asks more from Santa than some white elephant present in a lame company gift exchange. No, she wants love! Both "I Hate Christmas" (she despises spending Christmas without the one she loves) and "It Ain't Christmas" (Christmas isn't quite the same without that special one) cry the lonely Christmas blues.

The sound of "Blue Christmas" is closer to light R&B than anything recognizable as country music. Nevertheless, Twinnie sings all these tracks with spunk and spirit. Although we hear a few jingle bells now and again, this release is not all that unlike a typical pop-country offering. Love stuff is the primary focus of most popular music, though, so we shouldn't be surprised that Twinnie has made romance the central focus of her holiday release.

The songs are good, and most are originals. However, none of these have much potential of becoming holiday seasonal favorites. If all the regular festivities can't distract you from what's going on in your relationship, this may be the right music for you right now.

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Blue Christmas, 2023

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