A Guitar Heavy Holiday (Music Thoughts: Farewell December, Matt Nathanson)

I don’t normally listen to the kind of music Matt Nathan son sings – he is. singer songwriter, basically a guy with a guitar. But I don’t necessarily dislike his particular style. But I was intrigued that he has a track here that features the San Francisco Gay Man’s Chorus, and I thought that was an unlikely and interesting combination, so I went ahead and listened to the rest of the album.

And yes, this was a very pleasant listen, and I have to be honest, I don’t know if I will ever listen to this thing again. The track with the chorus, ‘Christmastime Is Here’ is very nice, and there are other tracks that appealed to me: his version of ‘Mamacita,’ and his cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River.’

But the rest just went over my head, if I have to be honest. His guitar heavy tracks like ‘Snow’ and ‘Father Christmas’ just did not appeal to me, and one track, ‘Granda Got Run Over’ just flat-out grated on me. But I am sure those tracks will have fans of their own.

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