Title - 'It's Christmas Time with Gary Wilson'
Artist - Gary Wilson
For those not in the know, Gary Wilson is an experimental musician/performance artist best known for his 1977 album You Think You Really Know Me, after which he promptly retired from recording and performing concerts. He slowly gained a strong cult following during the 1980s and 1990s, and in the early 2000s became active again.
And active is what he truly is once again for following hot on the footsteps of his album, Alone With Gary Wilson (2015), which was in turn followed by his last album earlier this very year, It's Friday Night with Gary Wilson, we now get welcomed into his Christmas world with It's Christmas Time with Gary Wilson, released via Cleopatra Records this past October 28th, 2016.
1. "Lonely Holiday (Intro)"
2. "A Christmas Tree For Two"
3. "I Saw Santa Dancing In The Dark"
4. "A Sled Ride Tonight"
5. "The Snow"
7. "Cindy Wants To Cry"
8. "Wintertime In Johnson City"
9. "Itís Snowing In Endicott"
10. "Lost In The Snow"
11. "She Danced Near The Frozen Lake"
12. "A Date For New Yearís Eve"
13. "Santa Claus Is Coming To My Lonely Town"
14. "Lonely Holiday (Exit)"
Kicking off with the trippy one minute electro mish-mash of "Lonely Holiday (Intro)", we soon get on with the real show with the hippy-trippy "A Christmas Tree For Two" ("I don't want to cut down a tree, it makes me sad when it starts to bleed"), the sing-along, should be a classic Holiday track "I Saw Santa Dancing In The Dark", and both "A Sled Ride" and the frenetic white noise of "The Snow".
Another fun, hippy-drippy chant is to be lovingly found within "Holiday" which is followed by "Cindy Wants To Cry" and the arcade game soundtrack vibe to "Wintertime In Johnson City". In much the same la-la vein, we next get "Itís Snowing In Endicott", and I think this happens to also be my own personal favorite on this collection of 14 new tracks.
"Lost In The Snow" is up next. A partner piece to "It's Snowing In Endicott", it's a fun storytelling adventure, and that's backed by the beautiful (honestly - ok, well, as beautiful as Wilson can get in these moments, I guess!) "She Danced Near The Frozen Lake". Up next is the keyboard funk pop of "A Date For New Yearís Eve" and then the album rounds out with the closest we're gonna get to a traditional Christmas song, "Santa Claus Is Coming To My Lonely Town", and then the album book ends with another electro mish-mash of white noise in the one minute long "Lonely Holiday (Exit)".
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