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Wednesday, November 24 2010 00:00

'TIS THE SEASON TO BE FEARLESS (Holiday Album Review)

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Xmas-albumfearlessFEARLESS RECORDS decided to get into the Holiday Spirit for 2010 with the digital release of their first-ever Christmas album. Released this week, the 8-song album features seven original Holiday tunes alongside GO RADIO's version of "O Holy Night."

Just a few years ago, it was pretty common to find indie labels and speciality organizations putting out some fairly solid non-mainstream Holiday records filled with punk, indie, and otherwise under-the-radar acts. As music sales have slumped, the market for Holiday music has been hurt particularly bad, so that makes 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE FEARLESS even more refreshing a release, albeit digtal-only.

FOR ALL THOSE SLEEPING gets things started with "Maybe This Christmas," which channels a bit of the vibe delivered by BLINK 182 on their 1997 track "I Won't Be Home For Christmas" in that it takes a somewhat jaded approach to the Christmas Holiday. THE MAINE's "Ho Ho Hopefully" is a heartfelt acoustic ode to missing a loved one during the season, while BREATHE CAROLINA's "Mile High Christmas" manages to name drop JERSEY SHORE "star" SNOOKIE due to a similarly-shaped snowman.

SPARKS THE RESCUE talks of having "an axe for X-mas" and a "ghost that follows them around" on "Christmas Brings Me Down," while AMELY, LET'S GET IT, and ARTIST VS. POET also check in with solid additions to the record.

It's not ground-breaking, and a couple of the songs are almost a little too emo, but that's ok because 'TIS THE SEASON is a fun entry into the 2010 Holiday field, and "fun" is something desperately needed these days.

Rating: 3.5/5

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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