Review: ‘Hell of a Holiday’ – Pistol Annies

One of our favourite country supergroups have reunited for the festive season and we couldn’t be happier! Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe have delivered an original record that only features three covers and they’re not your usual suspects!

It begins with the title track, an upbeat number featuring Lambert on lead vocals, the harmonies are gorgeous, the melody is catchy and the lyrics set the scene perfectly. It’s a record that has a sense of humour as is evident on ‘Harlan County Coal’ which sees Presley take the lead.

Plaudits must go to Frank Liddell and Eric Masse who produced and co-produced the record respectively, the production is well thought out, complementing both the theme of each track as well as the girls style. ‘Come On Christmas Time’ is a particular favourite of mine, it’s cheeky and fun lyrically but laid back sonically. Lambert delivers a wistful take on Merle Haggard’s ‘If We Make It Through December’ and their rendition of ‘Sleigh Ride’ is vibrant.

To summarise, this is another fantastic record from the Pistol Annies, some brilliant originals! I wonder if it would be frowned upon to play it all year round? 

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