Meg & Dia – December, Darling (Pure Noise Records)
Until Cattle Decapitation record that long-awaited album of Christmas classics the Rushonrock team has to look elsewhere for its annual cup of festive cheer.
And those lovely ladies from across the Pond – Meg & Dia – have dropped the delightful December, Darling just in time to deck our halls with a mix of classic covers and new tunes.
The alt rockers strip things down to deliver a heartwarming rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Christmas.
And Christmas All The Time will resonate with anyone who feels pigs in blankets shouldn’t be wrapped in cotton wool until December.
Meg & Dia are made for tinsel-tinged melodies.
And the singing sisters provide the perfect soundtrack to a glass of mulled wine and a brandy-butter soaked mince pie.
Utah’s answer to Heart (almost) sound so sweet they could give Waitrose’s best Christmas pudding a run for its money.
But Meg & Dia still manage to capture the holiday season’s darker moments – never more so than on the brooding, reflective Lights Blown Out.
Dropping their surprise fifth long player, happysad, earlier this year caught fans cold following 2012’s equally unforeseen split.
But December, Darling is a full-blown, bauble-splattered bombshell.
Two albums in sixth months have spoiled those Meg & Dia fans who’ve missed their favourite harmonising duo so desperately.
And in terms of showcasing two remarkably talented relatives, this uplifting set is the fairy on top of the tree.
Forget Robbie. Forget Kammy. Forget Roman Kemp’s middle-aged mam and dad.
This is the only Christmas album you need right now.