Of all the genres that there are in the many-splendored umbrella that is pop, it could be said that none is as hard to break into as Christmas music is. Making Christmas music feel exciting and fresh can be next to impossible just because of how many thousands of Christmas-themed songs there are in the world. Undaunted by the challenge, Norm Adams and Julia Robertson present “My Kinda Christmas,” an all new single by the collaborative duo responsible for such indie R&B hits as “Home Tonight” and “Body Rush.” Adams and Robertson take an enchanting harmony and punctuate it with a holiday-styled melody that won’t just get your bells jingling but will also inspire a feeling of closeness that only the sounds of the season can.
Julia Robertson’s vocal is bright, energetic and evenly produced throughout the whole of the track, and she gives her partner Norm Adams a run for his money with her blistering solos. She sings to us in a divine key that’s delicately woven into the tapestry of the groove like a fine strand of silk. All she wants to do is stay home and have an old school observance of Christmas with the family, and she makes a heck of a good argument with these lyrics. Her temperateness and friendly demeanor make us feel right at home and never like we’re being sold some deceptive holiday product shaped like a pop single.
Norm Adams holds up his end of the melodic weight just fine, delivering a magnetic and efficient lyrical salvo that perfectly balances the sweetness of Robertson’s with a dash of savory tread. Adams makes the case for getting out of town and flying off to some secluded yet vivacious island paradise where no one can interrupt their holiday together. Much like Robertson, his pleas are quite effective (frankly they left me wondering why I’ve never made this sort of suggestion to my own wife) and cut through the glossy framework of the melodies like a hot knife through butter.
As “My Kinda Christmas” reaches its poetic climax and the couple come to the realization that the real point of the holidays is the magic of enjoying them with one another, the music catches up with the previous love in the vocals and cathartically ascends towards the heavens, with a decadent harmony from Adams and Robertson in tow. This single features a delightful hook that, like a bag of red and green Christmas candies, is really hard to resist once you know where to find it. Repeat listens are expected and encouraged by the tonality of the song, which is derived from a mixture of classic pop music and contemporary R&B.
No Christmas would be complete without a shapely slice of songcraft to prime those early mornings where moms and dads become big kids themselves as they engage in the time honored traditions of ripping through presents, infectiously spreading joy to total strangers and stopping to appreciate the beauty of the snow cascading from the sky above. This year that songcraft is provided by none other than Norm Adams and Julia Robertson, a duo of witty R&B masterminds who show us how much they love the season in “My Kinda Christmas” and its ethereally appointed harmonies.