Folk revivals have happened with some regularity during the 20th century. It is a style which tends to come back into fashion a lot.
Albums, we are reliably informed, are to be read as coherent wholes.
Alan Mills could elocute. He had a distinguished voice with authority. He was a classically trained operatic bass.
There are – which I’m sure surprises precisely none of you – a lot of artists past their prime who record Christmas music.
When was the last time you heard a Christmas album that was actually fun? I don’t mean funny, in the sense of being a humorous novelty or something awful that a more maliciou
What’s the first Christmas album? Well, of course, this would have been before the vinyl record was invented in the late 1940s.
By pure sales figures alone, the traditional pop crooner, softly singing into electrified microphones, is the king of Christmas music.
Christmas, even to those who despise it, is a singularly meaningful holiday.
Ella Fitgerald, jazz critic Frank Rich wrote in a reflection published after her death, “is American song”.
Sometimes, the world of Christmas records can seem pretty isolated from the rest of music.