12 Days of Christmas Must Haves- Day 3 The Saturday Sessions

Are we feeling Christmassy yet folks?


Are you sure? 

Will a picture of some wax versions of celebs in badly knitted Christmas jumpers help?

More snowballs than golden balls right?

Well lets just continue anyway. We're now into the 12 Days of Christmas Must Haves and hopefully you're feeling inspired. Today I want to talk music. Now I know none of us ever agrees on music, everyone has different tastes and things they do and don't like. I've tried to pick something that I'm loving at the minute, that isn't just one artist.

Enter stage left Dermot O'Leary's Saturday Sessions 2011.

Now hear me out!

I also guffawed at the very suggestion but I went and bought it when I read the track listings, heck I even bought last years as well. High praise indeed coming from me.

 If you like Radio 1's Live Lounge you'll like this. Mainly because it is the exact same concept, artists covering older and current songs in their own unique style. There are some absolutely stunning covers, my highlights are The Pierces- All I Need is the Air that I Breath,  The Civil Wars- Billie Jean, Kill it Kid- I Need a Dollar, Imogen Heap- Thriller and James Vincent McMorrow- Wicked Game.

I have a soft spot for hearing new versions of classics I love, it is why I love when Tori Amos covers a well known track in her shows, it adds a whole new element to an established track. I dare anyone to listen to Tori Amos singing Madonna's -Like A Prayer and not hear something fresh. (If you want to have a look at some Tori Amos, get thee her Legs and Boots albums here)

So why do I think you should get it? I just think it's cracking, I've been going on and on about it on my twitter for weeks now, it is my 'go to' album when I am out and about and need some music to listen to. Picture it now, you're in the kitchen on Christmas day, you're stuffing the turkey and pouring goose fat over the roasties. There is a a large glass of wine/ cider/ mulled something/ champagne/ insert relevant alcoholic beverage here in your hand and you're feeling mellow. The Cliff Richard Christmas Cd is still smouldering in the bin from when you set it alight from sheer hate. So what's playing? I'll tell you what, you're listening to a smooth acoustic version of Gomez covering Simon and Garfunkle classic The Only Living Boy in New York. And the best part, it is making you feel suitably less murderous about impending relatives. Now isn't that a good thing?

 Yes Dermot O'Leary is known for the X Factor, but before X Factor and the Frankie scandals, the Kitty eyebrows and the Lady Gaga gossip he was doing his Saturday Sessions. I don't think there's anyone who can't find one song they like on it, it is often the juxtaposition between the original and covering artist which can leave you staggered. The Civil Wars version of Billie Jean is just astounding, I had to listen to it a few times to really understand what they had done, and I now have a renewed love for the original but also the cover.

So check it out, the lovely folk at Amazon have snippets of all the tracks up so you can get a real feel for it. Hope some of you buy it so I can talk to someone about it as thus far no-one I know has it! Have a click below.

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