366 Songs 341: Just Like Christmas

In many ways, this song isn’t about Christmas at all, but about the idea of Christmas, and what Christmas means to different people (“And you said it was just like Christmas/But you were wrong”). And yet, even as Christmas as idea and feeling (as opposed to weather and visuals) is pushed forward, the music does the same thing; there’s a ramshackle attempt to rebuild the aural quality of Phil Spector’s A Xmas Gift To You album in this song, in a weird but entirely welcome way that I love, here. I’d suggest that it sounded like Christmas, but I’d worry that singer Mimi Parker would find me to say “But you were wrong” afterwards. It sounds like my idea of Christmas, perhaps; maybe that’s what I mean.

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