Sunday, 5 December 2010

Diva's Xmas Playlist - CD3/5

1. Gee Wiz It's Christmas - Carla Thomas
A defining voice of 60s soul.
02. Hearts - Billie Ray Martin
Eno meets Cyndi's True Colours. It's wintry and aquatic chill are comforted by Billie's expressive solace. Her emotional whisper, 'so calm down', uttered like blowing out a candle.
03. A Great Big Sled - The Killers ft. Toni Halliday
If only they made more of Toni's 'can't do that' lingering at the end. Still a great chorus.
04. Escaping - Dina Carol
90s wilderness diva Dina is poised and in full-on Disney mode.
05. Like A Prayer - Madonna
The song that came out of nowhere.
06. Hot Gets A Little Cold - Cyndi Lauper
Logs burning on the fire. lauper gets her Joan Osborne on.
07. Moments of Pleasure - Kate Bush
Cold-air piano ballad. She sings of New York, but this is Christmas making sense of a Frasier Crane style gone-wrong party.
08. (We Want) The Same Thing - Belinda Carlisle
Committed, racous, but everything is so completely united.
09. Once Upon A Time - Smashing Pumpkins
Sentimental and mulling over internal memories - heartbreaking or just gorgeous.
10. Look At Me - Sugababes
Harmonies as light as snowflakes, that weightless chorus is just divine.
11. I Love You, Always Forever - Donna Lewis
A Love ... Thy Will Be Done rip-off to die for.
12. It's Christmas Time - Alexia
Alexia gets her breath back from her usual 90s euro-boppers blasters.
13. Ave Maria - Nina Hagen
Operatic goth siren gets a bit soft and emotional.
14. Cruise Into Christmas - Jane McDonald
Just for the LOLs.
15. It's Christmas All Over The World - Sheena Easton
Her vocals at their vintage mid-80s peak. I can't help but surrender.
16. The Christinamas Song (Thuderpuss Remix) - Christina Aguilera
Bitchy teenage brat at the top of her game - she'd never get away with such a cash-in project these days, and the world weeps.
17. Thank U - Alanis Morissette
Dangling carots, misbehaving brussels and a naked woman wondering through the street.
18. If - Marcella Detroit
Apocalyptic MOR beauty. Her (actually, officially) solo Stay. Seriously.
19. Another Lonely Christmas - Prince
There's still more purple one to come in my Xmas playlist series, but here is his unequivocal holiday ballad.
20. It Can't Come Quickly Enough - Scissor Sisters
Drafty backing vocals sail this song to a haunting close.
21. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Carla Thomas
Not the Mariah thing, Thomas is pure joy.

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