“One More Night of Christmas” by Suzanne’s Band
Waves of keyboard melodies are skewed with the light touch of an electric guitar, a soft crash of drums and the rollicking beat they create as we enter “One More Night of Christmas” from Suzanne’s Band, but these first few bars are only a small sampling of the chill-spiking harmonies that await anyone who presses play on this latest release from the noted indie folk/rock act. Suzanne’s Band don’t waste any time before launching into the swing of the rhythm as though they were already mid-song in “One More Night of Christmas,” and while this isn’t the first galloping tempo they’ve played at before, there’s something particularly unique about the style of the drums in this single. Like a fast-beating heart, they guide a stellar vocal from Suzanne into the heavens from which it was first spawned, and in their wake leave a trail of haunting reverberations that on their own make this one of the more evocative Christmas songs of 2019. Suzanne and her eponymous band hit it out of the park here, and I’m hardly the only critic saying so this month.
Production-wise, “One More Night of Christmas” is a really sterling offering from a band that has never been known to skimp on quality in the past. The varnish over the instrumental parts in the song is noticeably shiny but hardly a product of the commercial pop model, and I think that the vocals – while being lightly polished in certain parts of the chorus – are relatively raw by comparison. This doesn’t force any sort of duality or contrast in the music (truthfully, it does anything but), but it instead maximizes the depth of emotion in the textural elements of the song more than I would have expected it to. Suzanne is using every tool at her disposal here, from the mix to the melodies to the emotion within the players themselves, in her mission to make us embrace whatever’s on her mind via this medium, and though this isn’t her most involved listen, it’s probably one of the most emotive in tone because of the subject matter and recognizable nature of the composition’s genre itself.
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“One More Night of Christmas” is another excellent piece from Suzanne’s Band and a great addition to any winter holiday soundtrack, and whether you’re a big fan of seasonal music or not, I think that it has more than enough detail and decadence to please most pop fans this November and December. Suzanne is absolutely on fire with the microphone in this song, and even if it is a track tailor-made for those who have a penchant for pulsating holiday grooves, it’s just as tangible a listen if you love pop melodies and unadulterated swing as much as I do.
With “One More Night of Christmas,” Suzanne’s Band adds one more hit to their list of sensational songs to see release in the last two years, starting with the seminal 2017 debut Breathe and its six stately tracks. I’m eager for more, and after you’ve heard this, I think you will be as well.