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JuiceThaBlackBeethoven - I Want to See You Smile for Christmas

Reviewed by Aaron Cloutier

Classically-trained pianist Juice Tha Black Beethoven is on a mission to get you into the holiday spirit this year with the infectiously upbeat “I want to see you smile for Christmas.” On “Smile,” Juice takes the traditional Christmas song formula and kicks things up a notch incorporating elements of swing, pop and even rockabilly to create a listening experience that will having you decking the halls in no time.

Things kick off in a very subtle, ballad like manner as Juice begins tickling the ivories. He plays in a delicate fashion as his guest vocalist sets the stage with a warm, rich tone and impressively controlled vibrato as she paints pictures of “Cherry red stockings hanging high above the fire.” The melodies are super catchy and you’ll be singing the hook for the rest of the season after listening!

As the band joins in, Juice’s approach changes from gentle and playful to surgically precise and commanding as he attacks his piano with great skill and authority. Seamlessly locking in with the steadily played bass lines and tight drums as they pound out a beat that swings super heavy! The rhythm section is sure to get your head bobbing and the addition of sleigh bells was a nice percussive touch as well.

Things build to a crescendo during the bridge with the addition of synthesizer combining with the tight vocal harmonies to create a heightened sense of emotion. Before you know it, the song cools off and we’re back to grooving. The composition moves and breathes efficiently and cuts to the chase just when it should. No doubt a testament to Juice’s well developed songwriting chops.

In short, if holiday music is your thing, I challenge you to NOT have this song stuck in your head after checking it out. Juice knows how to compose a hook, and this is a great one.


About JuiceThaBlackBeethoven

JuiceThaBlackBeethoven is a classically-trained pianist, third-generation musician, who loves to rock and roll on the piano, as well as praise God in church. He feels that he is CALLED to write songs and music to INSPIRE the world. Juice is a Gold Medal, W.A.M (We are the Music Makers) award winner. His music can be found on Soundcloud.


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