Joy Electric, The Magic of Christmas
December 16, 2010

Merry Christmas!  I hope this season is finding everyone filled with a desire to give, serve and generally think less of him or herself.  And what is Christmas without the music?  Well, it’s a holiday of course.  Let’s liven it up a bit.

Had enough of Josh Groban?  Need something a little edgier and random than Nat King Cloe or Bing Crosby?  Look no further than Joy Electric’s “The Magic of Christmas” released in 2003.  Ronnie Martin uses his signature electropop/synth sound to bring the music of the season in a whole new way.  Full of crazy synthesized blips, whirls and plenty of echo vocals, this will make your left eyebrow raise a bit.  Then, if you are like me, it won’t leave your holiday play list.  Fun, fresh and strangely enticing, I give my hearty approval to the project and encourage you to add it to your seasonal music collection.  I also appreciate that there is no need on the album to stretch any one of these songs further than they need to.  Many of the tracks are less than three minutes, good on yer’!

The album mixes traditional songs like “Angels We Have Heard on High” with cultural favorites like “Frosty the Snowman.”  Of all the tracks, I think “Lollipop Parade (On Christmas Morn’)” is my favorite.  It seems a little melancholy, but musically, it is irresistible and the track will get stuck in your head.