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Artist: "The Lost Christmas Eve"
Album: "Trans-Siberian Orchestra"
Genre: Miscellaneous
Label: Lava Records

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 12/9/2009

Review: If songs like Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" make you sick and want to stab your ears out during the holidays every year, this album chock full of rockin' Christmas tunes should be the perfect antidote. There is simply not a dull moment on the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "The Lost Christmas Eve" album.

This is one of those albums that is essential to any Christmas music collection, and while some of the tracks may be a bit overplayed during the holidays, don't let that diminish your appreciation for what is a great departure from the typical holiday album fare. Whether it's an instrumental or a track with vocals, almost every song on this album simply sounds huge.

Also, if you're wondering where you may have heard the instrumental "Wizards in Winter" track before, it was the tune featured in this widespread video of synchronized Christmas lights:

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

the axe and the smasher
Dec 9th, 2009, 02:28 PM
I find myself pointed to the more punky or comedic Christmas tunes myself. Yet whenever I hear these guys, it is a rather pleasant change of pace from the standards that gets plaid from October to January in most department stores.
Space Cowboy
Dec 9th, 2009, 04:31 PM
I'm a big Savatage fan, so this always ends up annoying my friends by being overplayed in my car all December.
Pickled Patriarch
Dec 9th, 2009, 04:49 PM
I'll always love quirky Christmas tunes more than anything, and tunes from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are definitely overplayed in certain stores around this time o' the year, but I'll gladly take that over some of the other crap they play.
Riot Control
Dec 9th, 2009, 05:02 PM
I hadn't seen the video and it is aweosme. Perfectly synchronized. I wonder how many gigawatts does it take to have it lit that way? Anybody pointing to 2.21?
Mrs. Mighty Tyrant
Dec 9th, 2009, 05:55 PM
I'm wearing me TSO local crew shirt from last week's show right now.
I am Johnny Luchador
Dec 10th, 2009, 02:45 PM
seen these guys live twice in Nashville, Killer show. I hate christmas songs, but these guys make you want to hardcore dance in your seat.
SKATASTIC
Dec 10th, 2009, 05:18 PM
TSO are great.
pickled
Dec 11th, 2009, 03:41 AM
They sure are.
As u wish...
Dec 14th, 2009, 02:40 AM
didnt they USED to be called SAVATAGE?
Sympathizes with the foo'
Dec 17th, 2009, 01:13 AM
For some real holiday pain, try listening to Mannheim Steamroller; you'll miss Paul McCartney.

But I don't necessarily hate Christmas music, there are some -such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra- who do it really well, and I really respect artists who can be arsed to write original songs. There are many, many more who don't, however. The problem is that since it's all public domain and there's no need to hire a songwriter, anyone with a big enough ego can just hit the demo button on a keyboard and crap out a holiday album. It's really bad if you work somewhere that only allows secular holiday music; then you have to tolerate the same ten songs covered hundreds of times, as opposed to the same thirty. And honestly, I don't want to hear "Let It Snow" ever again unless I just finished watching Die Hard.