Keb’ Mo’: Moonlight, Mistletoe, and You Review

Keb’ Mo’ emulates the Christmas Spirit in Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You. Recorded in Tennessee, the album definitely shows off Keb’ Mo’s gift for writing blues while also giving listeners a taste of his fresh R&B style. Highlighting the romance and joy that come with the holiday season, Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You is a wonderful winter listen. 

Keb’ Mo’ opens the album with a cover of “Please Come Home for Christmas,” a familiar tune with a blues twist. The memorable melody is easy to sing along to, but Keb’ Mo’ changes the lyrics to be a bit more positive and arguably better suited for the holiday spirit. With listeners already in a festive mood, the second track on the album is his original song, “Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You,” a romantic and touching ballad with a soulful saxophone solo. To contrast the more serious and traditional songs is the humorous yet nostalgic “Christmas is Annoying.” Keb’ Mo’ successfully pokes fun at the holiday season while reminiscing of the joys of Christmas in his youth. The sudden change of pace and energy certainly keeps listeners on their toes and makes the album a stand out to the more monotonous and boring Christmas albums out there. To further add to the diversity of Christmas songs, Keb’ Mo’ follows the track with “Merry Merry Christmas.” The song has a rock spirit with a guitar solo and hard hitting drums, making it much more exciting than the average Christmas tune. 

Overall, Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You is a great album to put on replay this holiday season. Keb’ Mo’s Christmas spirit is honest and soulful as it shines through beautifully in his voice. The album is cheery and truly captures all the feelings one can experience through the holidays while playing with different music genres and themes. 

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Moonlight, Mistletoe, & You
– Christmas is Annoying
– Merry Merry Christmas

The Big Hit

– Merry Merry Christmas

Review by Sabrina Tian

Buy the album: Amazon | Amazon UK

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