"The Reindeer Room Volume II" 2CD
Genres: electronica, chill-out, lounge
15982 NW 48th Avenue
Miami FL 33014
Dec 22 - 28 2003
Reindeer Room Volume II is the second in Kriztal's very enjoyable
collection of holiday compilations, and like the first it's a fresh,
breezy collection of laidback remixes and lounge-esque reworkings of a
bunch of holiday classics. Right from the opener, a jazz-tinged
electronics-and-vocals mix of "Have Yourself A Merry Little
Christmas" by DJ Trax, you can tell it's going to be a
relaxing if inoffensive affair.
On this installment of the Reindeer Room series, there's
lots of good and not much bad. Generally, all of the songs are
pleasant enough to keep the flow going and the mood nice. LED
vs. Panaphonic's neat rendition of "My Favorite Things"
is one of the better moments, as is Rudolph & Blitzen's
take on one of my favourite holiday tunes, the traditional Welsh carol
"Suo Gan." Charles Afton's "Dance of the
Sugar Plum Fairy" and Kurbis Blumen's acid jazz-funk take
on "We Three Kings" also manage to impress. And we
mustn't forget the lush finale, "Santa Claus Is Coming To
Town," expertly done by Billy Paul Williams with beautiful
vocals courtesy of Nicole Henry.
The Reindeer Room Volume II can be counted on as a pleasant,
flowing holiday chill-out compilation. For those who really get
into the Christmas spirit -- fireplace, carols, and all, this
compilation is certain to please.
Note: This album comes with two discs; one is a normal audio CD
version of the album, while the other is a DVD disc mixed in 5.1
surround sound that plays the music over a video of a burning Yule Log
in a fireplace. It's an environmentally safe alternative to
using real firewood!
[Vitals: 15 tracks, distributed by Amazon, released 2003]