The soundtrack to the new Spongebob Christmas special, It’s a Spongebob Christmas is one of the best Christmas albums of 2012. This compilation of songs is fun and original. It takes listeners through the recent TV special and takes listeners on a ride through the world of pop music at the same time. The album’s opener, ‘Don’t Be A Jerk (It’s Christmas)’ is a great start to this album that will entertain parents and kids alike. Spongebob, voiced by Tom Kenny, sings of being polite during the holiday season in a variety of ways. From something as simple as using the proper checkout lane at the supermarket to generally being polite to others and respectful towards others’ belongings and more, this song both entertains and sends a very important message to its listeners. The song’s traditional Christmas sound makes it even more entertaining.
The album’s enjoyment keeps up after its opener in the rockabilly style of ‘Christmas Eve Jitters.’ The general musical vibe of this song will quickly conjure thoughts of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and any number of other rockabilly/Americana style artists of days gone by. Lyrically, it’s just as entertaining. It does a very good job expressing the excitement and joy that any child feels anticipating Christmas morning. Spongebob sings, “It’s the night before Christmas/And all through my little pad/Not a creature is stirring/Not even mom and dad/But I’m lying here wide awake/No it ain’t the heebeejeebees/nor the eggnog shake/I’ve got the Christmas Eve jitters tonight.” That opening line sets the tone for the rest of the song. It does an excellent job of expressing not only Spongebob’s excitement, but it mirrors the feeling that any young listener has on Christmas Eve. It makes for one more enjoyable song on this album.
It’s a Spongebob Christmas Album has more than its share of enjoyable songs for the entire family. Though if there’s at least one that really stands out, it’s the country/western Christmas tune, ‘Ho Ho Hoedown.’ Voice actress Carolyn Lawrence voices Spongebob’s friend, Sandy Cheeks as she sings what Christmas is like in the old Lonestar State. She sings in the song’s chorus, “It’s a Ho Ho Hoedown/Where jingle bells will ring/It’s a down home country Christmas/With a dash of Western swing/Tis the season to be jolly/Like a rodeo clown/Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Hoedown.” Even if a person isn’t a Country/Western fan, this is a song that will still be as entertaining as any other on the special’s soundtrack.
While ‘Ho Ho Hoedown’, ‘Christmas Eve Jitters’ and ‘Don’t Be a Jerk (It’s Christmas)’ are all great songs for the whole family, this soundtrack offers no fewer than nine other songs that will have the kids singing happily right up to Christmas. Even parents might find themselves unexpectedly humming some of the tunes. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, either. The songs here are enjoyable and will be every holiday season no matter how many times they get played and by whom. It’s a Spongebob Christmas Album is available in stores and online now.
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