I Saw Mommy Kiss Santa Claus
Let It Snow
CHAIN – The Birth Cry –
The Christmas Song
Songs in bold are previously released singles. Songs in blue (with a link) have already been reviewed. Those songs will, however, be reviewed in context of the album once more.
CHAIN is Bonnie Pink’s first mini-album, released on November 26th, 2008. As many of the upcoming material by other artist, it is a winter and Christmas-themed mini-album.
The opening title track, CHAIN, is a very heart-warming song with a very enjoyable vocal performance on Bonnie Pink’s part. The best part about this song was without a doubt the jazzy bits with the saxophone and the strings. Otherwise, my main problem with this song is its lack of any catchiness, even though the nostalgic feel of the song makes it very beautiful.
Next come a bunch of Christmas classics (gasp and sigh on that one). First is Wonderful Christmastime, a staccato-based song with bells, trumpets, Church bells and what more to make this your very typical Christmas song. The powerful drum beats are interesting, and Bonnie’s vocals are here again the main strong point of the song. Unlike CHAIN, it’s very joyous. That “ding, dong, ding, dong” section is annoying, though.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus features Bonnie Pink singing much like Michael Jackson when he was young. I’ve never really liked Christmas songs, and I have to say that this one is pretty much my least favorite. But it was inevitable that this song be put on a Christmas album like this one.
Let It Snow, on the other hand, is an enjoyable rendition of the original. Like the three preceding tracks, it’s based on a very prominent brass section with your occasional piano. This time, however, Bonnie’s vocals are not quite as nice. Too bad, actually, since this song could’ve been a lot better.
The Birth Cry version of CHAIN is the greatest disappointment on this album. All the great highlights, the best parts of the original, are tuned down to the level of the rest of the song, making it bland, and just plain boring. And here I was expecting a dark version of a pretty good song.
End this album is the Christmas Song. The opening section of the song is very pleasant, but Bonnie’s voice isn’t very suited to very warm songs, and as such her performance is here, as well, not quite as good as it could’ve been. Otherwise, this song’s greatest weak point is the lack of a varied dynamic level, making no distinction between chorus and verse, if there even is a chorus.
I’m not quite sure what to say. CHAIN had its strong moments, but I would’ve wanted more varied genres, instead of having them all full of brass-based songs. Perhaps a more techno-based, funky song could’ve been inserted, as well as some more traditional ballads could have been inserted to add some variety. On the other hand, I was expecting too much after completely falling in love with the title track, so maybe it’s partly my fault for being disappointed with this song.