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Trans-Siberian Orchestra


Crossover Prog

3.03 | 65 ratings

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3 stars Let me first remind you about this date and the readers should ask themselves if I had bothered even putting this CD in my CD player if this was a hot day in July. The answer is probably no.

This is the debut album from this very succesful US band. A band with at least three Christmas albums and one more normal album. Which says it all really. This band is tapping into the US desire for naff culture. Someone would say: the Americans lack of culture. But I would not say that, would I ? Anyway, this band, consisting of members from Savatage and other heavy metal bands, has made a small fortune on their bestselling albums and tours. If anyone had tried this in the UK or Europe, they would had been laughed out of the business and their albums sold a dozen albums, Christmas gifts to the band members cats and dogs included. Trans-Siberian Orchestra is as patriotic American as Route 66 and the American flag itself.

That is why I am a bit surprised how good this album is. Yes, it is overladen with cheese in the form of children choir and heavy metal arrangements of well known Christmas carols. Arrangements in the Meat Loaf/Jim Steinman street. But the arrangements are not bad at all and there are some really great instrumentals here too.

Listening to this album is a mix of cringing and approving smiles. And this album is one of the better Christmas themed albums out there. I am a happy owner of this album and will play it next Christmas too.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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