Sound — 9
Relient K released "Deck The Halls, Bruise Your Hands" as their first Christmas album a fair while ago now, so it's only fitting that they release another one to keep us all happy. "Let It Snow Baby... Let It Reindeer" is Relient K's updated version of the "Deck The Halls" with a few new tracks thrown in. Matt Thiesen and the crew throw in seven new songs, some of their own creation and some covers of traditional Christmas songs. Don't buy the album if you're hoping it's gonna be a traditional album, however, the songs may be old, but the spin on them is not. Relient K throw in their usual pop-high and melodic feel to the album, ranging from a quick power cover of 'I'm Getting Nuttin For Christmas' to K's own soothing 'Boxing Day'. It transitions seemlessly from fast-paced to sleepy and then back just as quickly to shock you up, and Thiessen's crew run well with the album. Although there are only seven new songs, it's still credible, and the re-release is good to alert more recent fans of RK from 'Five Score'.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics of the covers obviously aren't new. That's a fact. But Matt works well with the songs that Relient have come up with, such as 'Merry Christmas, Here's To Many More' and 'Boxing Day'. Both are great little acoustic numbers and remain very true to the spirit of Christmas itself (and in Boxing Day's case, the spirit afterwards). Matt's voice works well with all the songs, sometimes powering out the leads and sometimes drifting off and taking you with him. If you manage to get hold of the bonus track, 'Good King Wenceslas', Matt's voice definitely takes a different turn, bringing a whole choir with him and his falsetto. The song even sounds hula. And it's this funny attempt that forces you to give credit to Thiessen for trying.
Overall Impression — 10
It's certainly a step up from their previous album, as it's added what was missing onto it. My personal favourites include 'Sleigh Ride', '12 Days Of Christmas', and 'I'm Gettin Nuttin For Christmas'. The album is brilliant simply for it's sheer diversity. There's the traditional Christmas anthem of 'Silent Night', pop punk in 'I'm Gettin Nuttin', a little piano jingle in 'Sleigh Ride' and an acoustic slap together of 'Wenceslas'. There's little to dislike unless you're not a K fan, in which case you probably won't be reading this anyway. The message is: if you're sick of listening to your mother's thirty-year old CD with the same songs on it set on repeat on the whole month of December, buy this CD, walk home, slap her in the face with the old one and put in Relient K, because it'll put the definitive musical Christmas edge on the happy month for you without a doubt.