A Blackwatch Christmas Vol. II sports some of the biggest local artists yet, with Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Graham Colton and more onboard. The formers Santas Magic Beard is gentler than you might expect; well-crafted and tightly arranged, it has all the makings of a holiday classic. Coltons Holiday Season is also a bit of a departure from his normal repertoire a dynamic, heart-tugging anthem.
Other local favorites offer equally formidable tracks. Mike Hosty Duo brings a little honky-tonk to Christmas Time; Shitty/Awesome cranks up the distortion on Saturnalia; Hector Comacho goes full-on early 90s R&B with Squeezin Them Presents; and Jacob Abello reimagines Mary Did You Know as a club banger.
However, the real standouts are Parker Millsaps downright vicious cover of Go Tell It on the Mountain, his crackling falsetto pouncing over a good ol bluegrass swing line, and Brine Webbs The Good List, an impossibly infectious original that has all the charm of a Christmas Eve family sing-along.
The true test of a good Christmas album is the ability to stand the test of time, and this should do just that.
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