Today’s reviewer is Brady O’Callahan! Brady O’Callahan is an actor, improviser, and writer based in New York City. He can be seen performing regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre with the team Apollo and elsewhere in the city with Warren and Sound Machine. Brady is also a contributing writer for Chart Throb (chartthrob.tumblr.com), a pop music blog. Follow him on twitter: @bradyocallahan.
Brady O’Callahan: See, here’s the thing: “Wonderful Christmastime” is just about the cheesiest song in the universe. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, though. I’m not here lecture everyone about the merits of truly emotional/personal songwriting. I’m here to talk about a cover of a great, albeit cheesy, Christmas song.
A quick Wikipedia dig tells me Rahsaan Patterson wrote Brandy’s “Baby” (uh, no duh jam city) and Tevin Campbell’s “Back to the Wolrd” (homie played Powerline in A Goofy Movie so this is straight fire no doubt). He has a bit of a pedigree. I mean, he at least knows his way around some pop R&B.
Yo, let me say this again, NOT A BAD THING, pop R&B is nothing but what the French call “fromage” (s/o to that one episode of Dexter’s Laboratory where he falls asleep with a “Learn French” tape on so he doesn’t need to study for a test but it skips and all he learns to say is “cheese omelette.” “Fromage” means cheese, you guys.). You guys know that beloved R. Kelly song? “Ignition (Remix)”? How he’s like, “Let me stick my key in your ignition.” That’s cheesy as cheddar, baby, and you guys FUCKING LOVE IT.
I love it too. If I want poetry, I’ll listen to Joni Mitchell, bruh. When I want cheese from now on, I’m coming straight for Rahsaan Patterson. I ain’t no Grinch. 8/10.
Dylan: One of the most influential albums on me was The-Dream’s “Love King.” Oh man, is that album good. The-Dream is the king of, not just love, but also that bombastic, ridiculous R&B. R&B has been on the rise the last few years. Drake is one of the most popular dudes in the game right now. Rahsaan kills this track I think. Sure it’s absolutely ridiculous, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t smile to myself during that dude’s auto-tuned romp through a R&B winter wonderland. The last “simply having” outro is so fly, I can’t even begin to do it justice through text, let alone the sax solo at the end. This cover is funky and it’s fun. Enjoy dancing to this one under red and green lights in the club. 8/10.
Dylan had me as a guest in his December long Wonderful Christmastime Extravaganza, and he couldn’t have asked me to review a better song.