Been a Year, It Doesn’t Surprise Me

Once again, “Last Christmas” is the song that is stuck in my head. This time it is a cover version recorded by The Puppini Sisters that I can’t stop hearing. Last year, it was “Last Christmas” by the cast of “Glee.” In previous years, it was covers of the same tune by Jimmy Eat World and Dexter Freebish. Oh, and one year, it was actually by Wham!

The Puppini Sisters Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins and Stephanie O’Brien sing modern and classic songs in a style reminiscent of The Andrews Sisters. The group was formed in 2004 and is based in England. This week, I’ve been listening to “Christmas With the Puppini Sisters” as I drift off to sleep. The disc came in the mail from a friend who works at a record company. My wife and I reconnected with him at her high school reunion.

The first two tracks aren’t that great. They do a jumpin’ jive cover of Elton John’s “Step Into Christmas” that might grow on me. I was never a fan of the original. Their clichéd version of “Santa Baby” seemed too obvious of a song choice for a retro-sounding girl group. The remaining eight songs are all good. “Last Christmas” has a haunting accordion riff that I love, even if it has become my current earworm. The Puppinis’ cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” starts off sweetly and then turns into a raucous Dixieland jazz number. Nine of the ten songs are secular. The album closes with a very pretty version of “O Holy Night.”

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