Christmas With The Puppini Sisters (Album Review)

Although The Puppini Sisters aren’t actual siblings, you’d never know it by the way they sound when they sing together. It’s impressive enough to hear close harmony within a group of family members, but there’s a special talent exhibited when it comes from a group who’s only been singing together for five or six years. The energetic trio of Marcella Puppini, Stephanie O’Brien and Kate Mullins blend their voices and collective sass together to form a sound that is reminiscent of World War II-era swing, while still maintaining a refreshingly modern approach. Their talent and character are both on full display in their new album, Christmas With The Puppini Sisters. This collection of familiar holiday hits takes older classics and newer standards and reimagines all of them through an old transistor radio or a vintage USO tour. Christmas With The Puppini Sisters will transport you to a sepia-toned holiday of yesteryear and also provide a great backdrop to any Christmas party you’re having this year. Just don’t be surprised if the conversation drifts to that new blockbuster Gone With The Wind or Roosevelt’s latest fireside chat.

Although the musical tone of Christmas With The Puppini Sisters has a total throwback vibe, the tracklist contains a few relatively modern surprises. Take the animated album opener for example. “Step Into Christmas” was originally recorded by Elton John in the 70’s, but The Puppini Sisters create a totally unique cover of it by dancing up the rhythm and slapping a big band horn section on it. They personalize it so much it’ll have you thinking Elton’s version is actually the cover. They create the same “recent to retro reversal” feel with the Parisian waltz of Wham’s “Last Christmas” and the jitterbug swing of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas.” The album’s other tracks are all perennial favorites that are both festively familiar and remarkably revamped. The Puppini Sisters will have you dancing along to “Mele Kalikimaka” and “Here Comes Santa Claus,” watching the winter weather to “White Christmas” and “Let It Snow” and cuddling close to “Santa Baby.” Stamping your name on well-known Christmas songs is no easy task, but The Puppini Sisters manage to craft their unique sound without feeling like they are just adding to the holiday noise. Bold, brassy and fun, Christmas With The Puppini Sisters is guaranteed to spike your eggnog and liven up your holiday season.

"Step Into Christmas" - The Puppini Sisters (Christmas With The Puppini Sisters)

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