(Holiday) MP3(s) of the Day #274: The Crookes

By on Monday, 20th December 2010 at 10:00 am

I am not shy about my love for the Crookes. The Sheffield band makes such good time rock ‘n’ roll, my heart goes pitter-pat every time I listen to them. And I die a little inside every time I see a gig I can’t go to.

But I think the Crookes will be spreading their love musically further afield, if their free Christmas single ‘It’s Just Not Christmas Without You’ is any indication. ’60s style Roy Orbison vocals and instrumentation make may this song soar. The ‘b-side’ is a spare, ukulele and vocals only number called ‘All Alone on Christmas’. “Where the lonely hearts go? / nobody wants to be alone on Christmas”? I swoon, but in a bittersweet way. These are certainly sappy, but it’s Christmas! You’re allowed things sappy and sentimental this time of year. It’s like having eaten a big candy cane or chocolate orange and getting that warm, happy feeling inside.

Both songs (plus a holiday message from the Crookes that I won’t spoil for you) can be downloaded for free from the band’s Web site.

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