Review: Seabird – Over The Hills And Everywhere


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Released October 19 2010

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

There is absolutely, positively, without a doubt, fundamentally and affirmatively not one thing to be surprised about on the latest Christmas offering from Seabird.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

It seems that Seabird must have either had enough success or enough fun making the two song “The Silent Night EP” last year that they just had to come back and write a handful more songs to add onto them this year.  Wait, back up the truck, by “write”, of course I mean that they re-invented or re-imagineered some Christmas songs that we’ve heard a hundred different ways into their own brit-piano-pop style that they have molded into their own little box, which is perfect for gifting around this time of year.

“Over The Hills And Everywhere” starts off with a soft acoustic guitar with a piano fill in “Angels We Have Heard On High”, where Aaron Morgan’s space-nasally voice soars in accompaniment, while lifting a few ideas from other Christmas songs that you just might recognize.  “Go Tell It On The Mountain” just might make you wanna get up off your seat, clap your hands and stomp your feat while screaming at the top of your lungs, but you better either have a good voice or a choir to back you up or you’ll probably be hearing from your neighbors sometime soon.  Does anyone ever ask “What Child Is This” anymore without already knowing what Child that is? Seabird knows and I know and you know, so there you go.  How do I know that they know?  Well…in “Hark The Herald Angels Sing” they plainly say who He is.  So there.  The question and answer period of the EP has been satisfied.  “O Come” of course is really “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”, but I guess they wanted to save money on printer ink?  Either way it has to be the easiest song they’ve ever played, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful in it’s simplicity.  In case you couldn’t tell by the tracklisting, this is a very Christ-centric Christmas album (imagine that) and “Joy To The World” is no different as it asks the world to receive their King, before the best Christmas song of all time closes us off in “Silent Night”.

To tell you the truth, I’m just not in love with Seabird’s sound, but I respect what it is a lot more than I worry about what it isn’t.  They do their thing and they do it in a pretty righteous way so I don’t really have any gripes, but I don’t get overly excited about this stuff either.  The dude has a strong voice and the music works for some pretty chill songs, but nothing to freak out over either.

Grade: B

Tracklisting:

  1. Angels We Have Heard On High
  2. Go Tell It On The Mountain
  3. What Child Is This?
  4. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
  5. O Come
  6. Joy To The World
  7. Silent Night
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