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SINGLE REVIEW: The Christmas Tree by Peter Senior

The opportunity to write and record a Christmas song must be difficult to resist for artists; a variety of performers over the years have explored the genre, everyone from Sinatra to The Ramones and a long list of others in between have released Christmas themed tunes. And why not, it might be prescriptive, but it’s most likely a highly satisfying endeavour, to have a shot at adding to an already bursting at the seams canon. Australian singer-songwriter Peter Senior, no stranger to fronting up to the challenge of exploring musical genres and amalgamating them into one unique style, has entered the fray. And he’s come up with something satisfying and surprisingly enjoyable— surprising because the Christmas song’s power to do anything more has long since been diminished, its remaining purpose now a choice of mere additions to the soundtrack one has playing while the various states of festive fun or pressure are endured. The Christmas Tree utilises Peter’s usual appropriation of styles but corrals them into an upbeat, rock and roll shaded record that hits all the required and predictable spots—the enticing drum intro, the out of the gates chorus and the subsequent ascending elements of the song’s arrangement. Peter’s vocal performance can’t be faltered, going from low crooning to ardent wailing as effortlessly it seems, as the lyrics glide over the surface of this rollicking rock landscape: it’s rousing without being sentimental and maintains a level of suitable energy throughout. Leading with the chorus is a Christmas song quirk no doubt, and that use is exploited here, with the particular mode of melodic structure saving it from overuse and thereby allowing repetition, and subsequently, its ear-worming capabilities, to shine and subdue. There’s a lot here to like and a lot which doesn’t obstruct from the aim of this kind of record; it’s fun, and it’s meant to be, and if you happen to feel unexpected surges of joyous abandon while listening to its convivial sound and attitude it’s done its job.

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