“The holidays have come again / Lovers walk hand in hand / Carrying on, making plans” croons Mia Suzanne Walker of Suzanne’s Band in the lead-in to the chorus of her new single “One More Night of Christmas,” every word she sings coming to us glowing with passion. Her emotional investment in the music, and more pressingly, the harmonies that drive its most powerful moments home, is evident from the moment that she starts to sing to the very second the song disappears into the ethers, but as potent as her vocal is, it’s but one component in this excellent new release.
The keyboard parts in this track are in some respects just as expressive an element as any of the lyrics are, and I like that Suzanne’s Band was able to spread out the catharsis across the entire sonic spectrum here rather than focusing all of the energy towards making the vocal stand out. Suzanne doesn’t need a lot of extra help in christening a song with her uniquely endearing voice, and in this instance she was especially smart to share the spotlight with her bandmates. This is an epic composition that justly receives an epic treatment from a group more than capable of giving it an inspired look.
I thought that the percussion had a little more oomph than it actually needed in my early listening sessions with “One More Night of Christmas,” but after a closer inspection I think I can understand what the band was going for here. Were the beat not quite as prominent as it is in this song, I’m not positive that the flow of the low-end tones from the bass would be as smooth as it is – particularly in relation to the instrumental ascent in the chorus. There’s a meticulous hand behind this arrangement, and if I had to guess whose it is, I’d have to say it’s probably Suzanne’s.
It would be really nice to hear this group live at some point, and with this number included on the setlist I think they could give a very exciting winter performance. Honestly, based on how well this does with their core fans, I would even suggest Suzanne’s Band consider recording a complete album of holiday covers, because they really do an exceptional job with the material here. Suzanne can sing just about anything of the pastorally melodic variety, which opens up her songbook a lot more than most of her rivals could compete with.
Suzanne’s Band are back with what amounts to a must-listen ballad for holiday music buffs in “One More Night of Christmas,” and if you haven’t already given this single a spin, it’s definitely not too early in the season to put it on the stereo. I first got acquainted with this group through their virgin record Breathe over a year ago, but I’m all the more curious to hear some more of their work after getting hooked on the yuletide harmony in this track. They’ve got something special going for them, and this song only further solidifies their respectable status in the underground today.