Artist: Tony Clarke

Album: Christmas in New York

Genre: Country

Christmas in New York is a Christmas album released by country artist Tony Clarke. The tracks are just the right amount of mellow and hearty; capturing the holiday season in its entirety!

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Track Rating
  1. The Snow is Falling Down (In New York Town)
★★★★☆
  1. The Man In The Moon
★★★★½
  1. Walking Home For Christmas
★★★★½
  1. One More Christmas
★★★★☆
  1. Little Old Christmas Tree
★★★★☆
  1. Hey Hey Merry Christmas
★★★★☆
  1. Christmas Time
★★★☆☆
  1. Thanking Dear Old Santa
★★★½☆
  1. They Say It’s Christmas
★★½☆☆
      10. Christmas 123 ★★★★☆
      11. Hallelujah It’s Christmas ★★★½☆

 

  1. The Snow is Falling Down (In New York Town)

The simple, heartwarming country melody teams wonderfully with Clarke’s vocals. The imagery is gentle, very Christmassy, tinted with nostalgia in a way that makes you feel you’re taking a stroll down Clarke’s memory lane.

  1. The Man in The Moon

This song is a subtler and more solemn in impact; with a melody that is effortlessly enchanting. This completely works as The Man In The Moon, rather than being filled with heady Christmas cheer, is more thought provoking and reflective.

  1. Walking Home For Christmas

This is probably one of the more cynical Christmas songs, but that’s what makes it so likeable. Against foot-tapping instrumentation, Clarke bemoans, “Got my feet in the snow, my head in the clouds/(…)My pay cheque just won’t buy me Christmas.” The lyrics are so cheerfully merciless; you can’t help but feel refreshed.

  1. One More Christmas

A classic Christmas song; one in which Clarke half-croons and half pleads for “one more Christmas” with a certain special someone. If you are in the mood for some generic and twinkly Christmas romp, this is the track to fast-forward to.

  1. Little Old Christmas Tree

While the track starts out feeling rather dreary, it grows on you. In fact, it gets more heartwarming by the minute. Little Old Christmas Tree steers you away from the glitz and splendor of the season, and instead, zeroes in on the heart of it.

  1. Hey Hey Merry Christmas

The catchy, cleverly whimsical lyrics make this song memorable. The tune is so carefree and hummable, it’s a pretty good addition to your holiday playlist!

  1. Christmas Time

While Christmas Time borders on an overkill, the chorus does have its moments. Clarke’s vocals give it a dash of vitality!

  1. Thanking Dear Old Santa

This track is the perfect mix of sweet and edgy! The line “My pay check won’t just buy me Christmas” makes it feel like a sequel to Walking Home for Christmas, and at times, even of One More Christmas. The wail of the guitar, especially in the solo, adds a great deal of piquancy to the mix!

  1. They Say It’s Christmas

The opening notes are gorgeous, but eventually, the track wears thin. It’s the placement of the track more than anything. There’s nothing that makes this song stand out from any of the others.

    10. Christmas 123

This track is as “merry” as it gets! Clarke goes all out; with lyrics that are packed with exuberance and an equal amount of punch. While running the risk of getting repetitive, it’s a fun track to sing along to; replete with unabashed quirk, sentiment and festivity!

    11. Hallelujah It’s Christmas

This is a charming old song with a great hook. It feels representative of the flip side of the holiday season; the side that’s usually safely tucked away from memory. Clarke, however, presents it on a platter called Hallelujah It’s Christmas!

Verdict: While Christmas in New York could’ve done without one or two of the tracks, it’s a thoughtful and wholesome holiday album!

Picks of the album:Walking Home For Christmas, Hey Hey Merry Christmas, The Man in The Moon, Christmas 123

Overall Rating:★★★★★★★★☆☆