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Citizens has managed to effectively pack a myriad of genres — punk, indie, blues, pop — into one five-song Christmas EP that’ll warm your heart like a steaming mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows.  The EP kicks off with a jamming bass line followed by the familiar chimes of “Joy to the World.” It’s upbeat, fun and transcends the “cheesiness” usually associated with Christmas music. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” incorporates horns and a swinging beat reminiscent of popular music of the early ’70s. “Come and Stand Amazed” sounds like a modern indie song, with Zach Bolen’s scratchy vocals drawing parallels to Kings of Leon. The beat picks back up with a unique rendition of “O Come O Come Emmanuel.” The EP ends on a quiet note with “Silent Night” as Bolen, along with choral accompaniment, ends the classic song a Capella. Christmas music just got indie fun.


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