Activate Christmas! Kate Moon has finally released her Christmas Album, and it’s near-perfect. To really understand Kate Moon it’s important to understand the context from which the songs all spawned. Kate Moon’s perspective is an original one, and it combines a naively positive outlook on what electronic music should be with a more negative view on modern values.
The album opens with the song “XXXRISTMAS”. The song is a gateway into the world of Kate Moon and is reminiscent of a musical version of the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland, or perhaps the Wardrobe in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Just like Narnia, the world of Kate Moon is truly magical, and as XXXRISTMAS ends you’re welcomed into the world by a robotic voice (“Welcome to Christmas!”).
The second song on the album is “Gunz of Christmazzz” and it sounds a lot like a battle theme but quickly evolves into something akin to melancholic Arabic poetry. The song tries to convey a feeling of angst with some overly cheery elements thrown in. The perspective on depression and heartbreak that Kate Moon offers in this song is a genius one.
“Its Christmas” is about family and being thankful for things that are often taken for granted. The song is about the cheerfulness of the season overcoming everything else as long as one can remember what truly matters in life.
“Christmas for Children” opens with a sampling of “Don’t stop me now” by Queen, and then evolves into a satire on those who treat Christmas as a hedonistic holiday, and tries to highlight the spiritual importance of the holiday. The angry rap sampling in the end presents a really good contrast to the world in which we live, and it manages to highlight the importance of Christmas as an escape from the anger, materialism and egoism of the modern age.
“All I want for Christmas is Fitnus” is an outright assault on shallowness and it is presented in the form of satire once again. The song exposes an overly sexual view of the world and contrasts that view to a more traditional view, and manages to expose the moral bankruptcy of the former view. The bass line is a positive one, and combined with the message of the song it works as a warning to those who are easily duped by positive messages.
“Santas Hardcore Workshop” is a song about the dangers of close relationships, especially those where one party has a lot more power than the other. The song uses Santa as a vehicle to demonstrate how rape or sexual crimes might be committed by perpetrators that no-one would ever suspect of illicit behavior. It’s a new take on molestation and it is bound to create some headlines (and perhaps, even new branches of scientific inquiry).
“I Love the Way you Christmas feat. Stevie Wonder” is a love song dedicated to the holiday, it replaces all the illicit (and expected) references that might be found in a modern pop song with Christmas-related references. It turns the whole notion of the relationship between illicit acts and love on its head.
“Activate Christmas” is a call to action against those who try to undermine the spirit of Christmas. It’s a powerful slap in the face to all the enemies of Christmas (i.e. The Grinch, Muslims, The French).
“It’s the Christmas that i Love” is simply the most powerful outro of any album thus far, it’s a declaration of love, and a powerful one at that. The song is packed with feeling, and is tremendously powerful. The song begins with the familiar jingle of Christmas bells, and in the third quarter it really takes off emotionally.
Summary: Get it now!
To all those who read my review, I wish you all a very Kate Moon Christmas!