'Crazy for Christmas' delivers what it says

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By Mike Cote

If nothing else, no one can accuse Dan Hicks of taking his new Christmas album too seriously.
But even for those, such as myself, who like their holiday music with a touch of irreverence, “Crazy for Christmas” might be a little much for the ear. On several of Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks’ yuletide offerings, I found myself wondering just how many times they’d been dipping their glasses into the adult eggnog bowl.
While “Crazy for Christmas” is not without some fun, this CD can be a little much to take, even with a generous serving of that eggnog.
The middle tracks of the album are better than the beginning or end, so if you’re interested in listening, you might either hit the “shuffle” button or simply fast-forward past the first three tracks.
One might find the CD a little more palatable if Hicks had left the Lickettes to guard the Christmas presents instead of taking them to the studio with him. The Lickettes sound – sometimes intentionally, sometimes not — like the backup singers on a bad episode of “The Muppet Show.” No offense intended to the Muppets, by the way. “A Christmas Together,” featuring John Denver, Kermit the Frog, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, etc., is one of the great Christmas albums of all time.

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