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Does Sia's Christmas album pass muster?

Does Sia's Christmas album pass muster?

Sia is directing her first film, co-wrote Zayn’s latest hit 'Dusk Til Dawn,' voiced the animated Songbird Serenade in 'My Little Pony: The Movie'... all while working on  her holiday album.

Enough reason to forgive her for the glorious she has churned out in the name of 'Everyday Is Christmas'? Well, she had her hands full, didn't she. For a songwriter who's known to write most songs in 15 minutes flat, it would be dangerous to expect a carefully thought out Christmas carol or an ode to Santa Claus worth remembering past the jolly season.

Out on November 17 via Monkey Puzzle/ Atlantic Records, the original holiday songs are co-written by Sia and producer Greg Kurstin. Thank God for the originals. We've had enough rehashes of the standard Christmas carols and Silent Night renditions from pop stars.

Lead single Snowman has her confessing love for a frosty guy with coal for eyes and a carrot instead of a nose. He is  the male version of the ice maiden. Sia brings her quirkiness to the entire record, channelling Darlene Love or Kate Bush vocals time and again. 'Underneath The Mistletoe' shows off her range and 'Ho Ho Ho' reminded us a bit of her breakthrough hit 'Chandelier'.

Sia turns conventional Christmas themes like mistletoe, sleighs, snowmen and Santa into unexpected ditties.

'Puppies Are Forever' is a nod to the music of 'Hairspray' – big glorious production and animal rights lyrics. and the title track 'Everyday Is Christmas' has the same repeat value as Rihanna's 'Diamonds' which Sia wrote. 'Underneath The Christmas Lights' is a bit too much like her 2002 single' Breathe Me', the difference being that Sia sounds better now than she did in the past. Will this Christmas album age as well as Mariah Carey's? We don't know. It sure puts a different spin on the festival of Christmas for us.

Listen to Snowman from Sia's holiday album, Everyday Is Christmas here: