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Rev. Horton Heat

We Three Kings – 2005 (Yep Roc)

Reviewed by Brian Wahlert

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The Reverend Horton Heat got his start in the mid-Eighties, and over time his sound crystallized into what's known as "psychobilly" - rockabilly fused with punk rock. Two decades later, he gives us a psychobilly Christmas album.

The disc contains 12 traditional Christmas songs and 1 new one. "What Child Is This," normally a slow-paced carol, is given an upbeat instrumental treatment here, with the Reverend playing a mean electric guitar. "Winter Wonderland" and the title song are two other strong instrumentals. His guitar playing exceeds his vocal talents, though, so slower non-instrumentals like "Silver Bells" and "Pretty Paper" suffer. The new song, "Santa on the Roof," is an original Reverend composition with a cute lyric told from the perspective of an impatient kid who wants to know if his daddy's seen Santa yet.

Fans of traditional country - or traditional Christmas music, for that matter - probably won't care much for this album, but it's a decent choice for electric guitar lovers.