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CD REVIEW: The Renovators - Merry Christmas!
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT

Artist: The Renovators
Genre: Holiday
CD Review:
The next 10 songs from prolific blues band The Renovators sets us rockin' into the new snow season with some NEW Christmas thoughts, all freshly penned by the band itself. 'It Must Be Christmas' gives a catalog of commerce and middle-class wishes with much greater accessibility and reality than any '3 Ships' is likely to do. Talking of buying and fake Santas and all things sacred to the Real people who run this country. Ya gotta love these guys.

For me, the best song though has to be 'Excavator's Christmas Blues', which is raunchy and promising and completely for the wife or your bit of stuff on the side. We'll teach these reindeer how to fly, they say. You don't have to wrap what I want, they explain. You could stuff this is a Carry On film, if they still made them. But it's also one of the most blatantly ROCKish tunes on the 40 minute cd, with a full, surround-sound style that will be what your teen goes to first. Better believe it. Not hard rock, not fast rock, but a bit of the Stones, with Much better production, some overdubs, a great tune - oh, just buy the damn thing.

Of course, if you want a great start to The Renovators' magic shoot for their Live At Pete's, then come back for this one.

Along with the Christmas stuff here, there are sing-along (AKA, instrumentals) versions of the first 3 songs, and some tracks lifted from previous albums that fit the season's bill, like 'I Don't Ski'. Rock blues you won't be afraid to love.

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