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The Overtones – Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas album review

The vocal harmony group release their first full-length Christmas album.

The Overtones
Credit: Gambling Man Records

Vocal quintet The Overtones have established themselves as one of the biggest groups in the UK over the past 5 years. They released their debut album Good Ol’ Fashioned Love in 2010, which achieved platinum status in the UK. Since they they’ve released three more studio albums – Higher (2012), Saturday Night at the Movies (2013) and Sweet Soul Music (2015) – and embarked on countless sold-out tours. The group’s niche has been covering classic tracks and interweaving originals into the mix, something that has worked very well for them. Just in time for Christmas The Overtones are releasing new album Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas.

Anyone who has been a fan of The Overtones over the years will know that the group has flirted with the idea of a Christmas album for quite some time. They’ve put out a few Christmas tracks but now finally they’re giving us a full-length album to sink our teeth into. The album opens with Santa Claus Is Coming to Town and gets things off to a roaring start. Timmy Matley kicks off the song with Darren Everest, Mike Crawshaw, Lachie Chapman and Mark Franks supporting him with harmonies. Over the course of the song each of the guys gets an opportunity to shine with Lachie’s deep vocals standing out.

Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas includes two original tracks – This Christmas and title track Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas. Both fit seamlessly into the tracklist and could easily become Christmas classics that are played in the years to come. This Christmas is an uptempo track that would be perfect for any Christmas party and Good Ol’ Fashioned Christmas is a classy beat-driven affair that captures the doo-wop spirit the group has made their own.

Elsewhere on the album there’s a gorgeous rendition of It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year that features a stunning orchestral intro, a harmony-filled performance of standout Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and a surprisingly perky version of White Christmas that makes the sound a little more upbeat than we’ve heard before. The album comes to a close with Driving Home For Christmas, which is a song I’m not especially keen on but The Overtones have turned it into a tear-jerking piano ballad that has won me over!

A lot of Christmas albums have been released this year but The Overtones’ Good Ol’ Fashion Christmas is the best of the bunch. The tight vocal harmonies, warm vocals and original arrangements makes this album the only one you need to play on repeat over the coming weeks. If you’re lucky enough to see the boys on their latest tour in support of the album then you’re in for one hell of a Christmas party!

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