Note: I received a promotional copy of this album for review.
Greg Page, a retired member of the original Wiggles has a new Christmas album, “Here Comes Christmas” released on November 24. The Wiggles have entertained toddler and preschool crowds for years, and grownups seem to either like or strongly dislike them. I can listen in limited doses, but was interested in learning whether a Christmas album by a former band member would work.
“Here Comes Christmas” contains 26 songs, including four “bonus” tracks (completely unrelated to Christmas) that promote Page’s kids TV show, Butterscotch’s Playground. I hoped it would exceed my expectations by offering a palatable departure from the Wiggles world (although the fact that “the original Yellow Wiggle” is under his name on the album cover was a clue). But unfortunately this album, at best, is a mixed bag. While several songs are enjoyable (versions of “Let It Snow”, “Little Drummer” and “Christmas Song” are worth your time), it relies too heavily on showy, sappy renditions of favorite Christmas tunes. Some incorporate kids singing along and annoying sound effects, both irritating habits with children’s music. If you and your kids are fans of the Wiggles, check it out. Otherwise you may want to save your sanity and enjoy something else.