Deni Gauthier – Let Your Heart Be Light

a1748770226_2Deni Gauthier brings us an ep of stripped back Christmas classics, just in time for the holidays. This collection showcases some of Deni’s favorite Christmas tunes, most of which you are probably familiar with. The first track is probably the least known of the collection, Hawksley Workman’s “A House Or Maybe A Boat.” Even though I wasn’t familiar with this tune, it sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the ep. “Merry Little Christmas” has a nice romping rhythm section that will get your toes taping – probably my favorite song in this collection. The rest of the ep is a bit slower and at times more somber, closing up with “Christmas Time Is Here.” I could see my self snuggling up next to the fire and enjoying these songs with a hot beverage. Even though the songs are “stripped back”, they don’t sound stale (like so many generic folk/acoustic Christmas albums out there do). Deni puts a good bit of care and time into each cover that comes through in the recording. I recommend checking this one out before the new year is here. I’ve heard that Santa will automatically put you on his “nice” list if you do.

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