Review: ‘For Christmas’ – Amanda Shires

Shires voice is so unique and beautiful. I only became familiar with her work when The Highwomen formed and have loved her voice ever since.

The album stands out from the majority as there is so much original material on it, nine in total with just two covers in the shape of ‘What Are You Doing New Years Eve’ and the classic ‘Silent Night’. It is a brave and bold decision but one which I hope will ultimately pay off as it’s bursting with great songwriting and festive fun.

‘Gone For Christmas’ is a unique take on what you really want for Christmas, it’s full of whit, a trait we’ve come to know and love from Shires. ‘Blame It On The Mistletoe’ is another one of my favourites on the record, the backing vocals make the pre-chorus and chorus truly soar! Throughout the record there is what sounds like a Hammond B3 Organ, which is used really effectively.

To summarise, this is one of the most unique Christmas albums I’ve ever heard, if you’re going to make a festive record, this is how you do it! 

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