“Everyday Is Christmas” review

Sia is the latest music artist to release her own holiday album, and the all-original mix of tracks has its strengths and weaknesses.

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Pareen Mhatre

Sia released her Christmas album, “Everyday is Christmas” on Nov. 17, which features 10 songs.

Singer-songwriter Sia made sure that Christmas came early this year when she released her holiday album, the festive and all-original  “Everyday Is Christmas.” The album, which was released on Nov. 17, features 10 original songs co-written by Sia and producer Greg Kurstin.

Starting as early as Oct. 30 with the release of the album’s first single, Sia put her mark on the holiday music market this year, making sure everybody knows that every day is Christmas.

The veteran music artist gained major popularity in 2010 when she contributed to such hits as “Titanium” by David Guetta and “Wild Ones” by Flo Rida. At this time, she had already spent almost ten years building up her career. Active since 1993, “Everyday is Christmas” is Sia’s eighth album – and it does well to showcase her style in a festive mix of upbeat mixes and sweet seasonal ballads.

While this tactic succeeds in making some songs undeniably catchy – “Ho Ho Ho” will be stuck in listeners’ heads for weeks – it is rather cringeworthy at other points.”

“Everyday Is Christmas,” which has received varied reviews after it’s release, has its strengths and weaknesses. Sia disclosed in an interview that she only spent two weeks writing the album, which is surprising at some points and obvious at others.

One of the more notable features of parts of the album is its repetitive verses. While this tactic succeeds in making some songs undeniably catchy – “Ho Ho Ho” will be stuck in listeners’ heads for weeks – it is rather cringeworthy at other points. It’s impressive that Sia pulled off a full album in just a couple weeks, but she definitely could have spent more time on some of her lyrics. There’s not doubt she could have provided a much better chorus for “Underneath The Christmas Lights,” rather than the title simply being repeated nine times.

While lyrics are the most irrefutable repetitive aspect of the album, it can’t be denied that the sound also seems somewhat recycled at times. This is evident when comparing the more upbeat tracks such as “Santa Is Coming For Us” and “Ho Ho Ho,” and the more sensual ballads, such as “Snowman” and “Snowflake” together. After reaching track 5 or so, the songs stop being exciting and start becoming more “didn’t I hear this one already?”

The album is quite continual, but it is far more bearable considering the unique sound Sia captures with her music. “Everyday Is Christmas” does a remarkable job showcasing the particular vocal stylings that Sia has come to be known for. Most evident in tracks such as “Snowman” and “Everyday Is Christmas,” there is no doubt that the album is Sia’s from the first listen. A song may remind you of one three tracks earlier, and it may include the same sentence repeated incessantly for a short while, but it doesn’t sound much like the Christmas music on the radio.

Although “Everyday Is Christmas” does include a rather repetitive sound, one of the album’s better qualities is that each song featured does have its own story. Sia does  a fair job effectively combining plenty of the feelings associated with the holiday season with her original songs. There is the obligatory party track (“Ho Ho Ho”), the heartfelt expression of fondness (“Sunshine”) and the quirky, weird yet catchy tune that really doesn’t have much to do with Christmas, but it’s a holiday song all the same (“Puppies Are Forever”).

“Everyday Is Christmas” isn’t the most diverse mix of tracks and style, but each song alone can be a good addition to any Christmas playlist. Or, if you’re looking for something to play around the house this holiday season other than the age-old “Jingle Bells,” you might want to give it a listen.