Review: Blue Rodeo – A Merrie Christmas To You (Warner Music Canada)

Blue RodeoThink it’s too early to be talking about Christmas music? Maybe so, but Canadian musical treasures Blue Rodeo have musical immunity in my books, meaning nothing is off limits. What helps set the group’s first holiday offering apart is Blue Rodeo’s willingness to include songs from outside of the realm of traditional holiday songs. In addition to wonderful covers from Big Star (“Jesus Christ”), The Band (“Christmas Must Be Tonight”) and Gordon Lightfoot (“Songs For A Winter’s Night”), Blue Rodeo throws in a pair of originals as well as their takes on “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” making for a refreshing redefinition of what a holiday-themed record can be.