Personnel: Scotty Morris (vocals, guitar, banjo); Andy Rowley (vocals, baritone saxophone); Dirk Shumaker (vocals, acoustic bass); Karl Hunter (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Glen "The Kid" Marhevka (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joshua Levy (piano); Kurt Sodergren (drums).
Audio Mixer: Scotty Morris.
Recording information: Brotheryn Studios; Capitol Studios; East/West Studios; Santa Barbara Sound Design.
Arranger: Joshua Levy.
If Big Bad Voodoo Daddy sound like seasoned old pros on their seasonal 2013 album It Feels Like Christmas Time, there's a reason for that: it's not only their tenth album in nearly 20 years, it also their third holiday album in that time. Given that preponderance of good cheer, it's a fair assumption that BBVD may be running the risk of repeating themselves here, and it is true that they've decided to revisit "Jingle Bells," this time replicating the classic, swinging Sinatra arrangement from the '50s, but that is the only song that's duplicated. Like 2004's Everything You Want for Christmas, this contains a fair share of originals mixed in alongside the classic covers. Unsurprisingly, BBVD choose secular songs over carols, showing a preference for such pop culture standards as "Frosty the Snowman," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run," giving every song here their signature swinging spin. Hardcore fans -- the kind who would buy three albums of Christmas tunes from one band -- would expect nothing less, and they're bound to be entertained by this cozy, familiar seasonal party. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine