Get 40 songs FREE on the latest JFH compilation!
Get 40 songs FREE on the latest JFH compilation!

JFH Staff Review


DecembeRadio, Comfort & Joy EP
DecembeRadio
Comfort & Joy EP



Artist Info: Discography
Album length: 3 tracks: 9 minutes, 21 seconds
Street Date: November 25, 2008


Christmas songs are timeless. Year after year, you will hear them all over the place: at stores, on TV, and countless Christmas pageants and plays. But my favorite is hearing them redone by different bands, whether they're done traditionally, or done according to that band's signature sound. The latest of these projects comes from Slanted Records' DecembeRadio, with the 3-song Comfort & Joy digital EP.

The Comfort & Joy EP gives us a taste of a traditional carol as well as a DecembeRadio-esque jam. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is first, starting it off in a very peaceful manner, with "tidings of comfort and joy." It makes for the strongest of the three tracks. "Run Run Rudolph" is next - a perfect choice for the southern band. Though they didn't have to change it up much to make it their own, they were still able to have fun with it, and throw in a little DecembeRadio touch (complete with the typical country styled drums and a keyboard/guitar mix driving the majority of the song). The crazy, upbeat song ends and dives right into a somber instrumental rendition of "Away In A Manger." It showcases some great guitar work, but coming after "Run Run Rudolph" makes it seem a little misplaced. Then again, being only three songs, there's not really a lot you can do with the ordering of them. But I think putting "Run Run Rudolph" first with the instrumental last might have been more of an ideal order.

It's nice to have all kinds of different bands getting in on the Christmas action this year. I can only handle so many re-releases (I'm talking to you, Tooth & Nail and Relient K), so having a band that hasn't previously done a Christmas project is a breath of fresh air, even though the only real highlight of the Comfort & Joy EP is "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (which you can get for free temporarily at this very website). But the full EP is only $2.97 at iTunes, so it wouldn't hurt your checkbook too badly to check it out. And hopefully next time, the guys will offer up a DecembeRadio original Christmas song or two in the process.

- Review date: 12/9/08, written by Scott Fryberger of Jesusfreakhideout.com

 

. Record Label: Slanted Records
. Album length: 3 tracks: 9 minutes, 21 seconds
. Street Date: November 25, 2008
. Buy It: iTunes
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  2. Run Rudolph Run
  3. Away In a Manger (Instrumental)
spacer Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics
Click For Audio Sample   Click For Song Lyrics

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 

JFH Sponsor Spot:

 

 

           
Check out the new album from Portraits Music!

Search JFH



Music Out This Week

This Friday, January 18
Tiffany Coburn Near To The Heart: Cherished Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration [StowTown]
Lauren Daigle You Say (Live) - Single [Centricity]
Jordan Feliz Changed (Live) - Single [Centricity]
PEABOD Left Out (feat. Chad Mattson) - Single [Centricity]
Planetshakers Rain Part 1 - EP [Venture3Media]
Switchfoot Native Tongue [Fantasy Records]
Various WoW Gospel 2019 [WoW Gospel]


Next Friday, January 25
Bethel Music Victory [Bethel]
Casey J The Gathering [Integrity / Tyscot]
Catch the Fire Presence (Live from Toronto) [The Fuel]
Equippers Worship Equippers Worship (Live) [DREAM Worship]
For All Seasons Every Good Thing - Single [Centricity]
Steven Malcolm The Second City [IVAV / Word]
People of the Earth Victory EP [Capitol CMG]
John Waller Explosions of Light [Radiate Music]
Vineyard Worship UK & Ireland Twelve:One - Dave Miller Live From Trent Vineyard [Vineyard Worship UK]


For all release dates, click here!
 


New Music Reviews


Listen to the new episode of the JFH Podcast!

New Indie Reviews


New Movie Reviews


Free MP3 Downloads