Billy Idol – Happy Holidays
2021 Dark Horse Records(Originally Released 2006)
This is another record that was recommended to me. It was originally released back in 2006, but has been reissued, remastered and given new cover art for 2021. Now like the last record, because of who it’s by you have preconceived notions of what it may sound like. I was picturing a snarling leather bound Idol ripping through Christmas tracks with his trademark “punk rock-lite” vibe. But again, I was wrong. What I ACTUALLY got was, wait for it…Billy Idol, THE CROONER. And the funny thing? It actually works. The instrumentation is sparse but nails the holiday sound well without being over the top. Billy sings the songs ranging from an almost hoarse quiet vocal to an energetic delivery that never gets too crazy for the material. The songs are really understated, and delivered in a subtlety different way than the originals that they are pretty refreshing. He didn’t reinvent the wheel, he just put some shiny rims on them. Nothing gets too rockin’ here, although the tracks you’d expect to have some guitar action, Jingle Bell Rock, Run Rudolph Run, do. I would definitely have to recommend this one as it’s different, but something you could still put on while decorating the tree with the family. Pretty decent Christmas album.