Anthony Green’s new Christmas-but-not-really-Christmas-themed acoustic Beautiful December EP is a delightful present. Ranging from humorous to light-heartedly sentimental, Green has once again proven himself capable of doing pretty much anything in music that he sees fit, without creative limit. Its short fourteen-minute run time should provide just enough acoustic joy to tide over fans until Green’s upcoming Beautiful Things album (which releases January 17).
“Get Yours While You Can” is a riveting opener, where Green showcases his range and power as a vocalist once again. It’s almost like he’s not even trying at this point; he has solidified himself as one of the top vocalists in music today (as if he hasn’t already with Circa Survive, who managed to really break out in 2010).
“When I’m On Pills” is an odd, humorous track, featuring some great lines like “I love you or I’ll try to/When I’m on pills” and “There’s an ancient curse inside my blood that tricks my brain/Tells me I’m the biggest fraud.” I’ve always enjoyed Green’s lyrics and these are no exception. He’s a master of self-destruction, but more importantly, he’s a master of making that self-destruction sound as casual as possible.
“James’ Song” and “Love You No Matter What” are wonderfully warm-hearted (and incredibly short, at just under two minutes a piece) closing tracks. The former is an incredibly touching song about his son James, while the latter is a declaration of love, no matter the circumstances.
Beautiful December as a whole seems to be nothing more than a collection of Green’s personal thoughts and things that he’s grateful for, and it’s that personalized touch that makes the EP such a solid offering. It’s not anything groundbreaking or original as far as an acoustic EP goes, but Green’s professional and delicate touch sets this above most acoustic releases before it. If anything, though, the EP should rouse our curiosity until January – Beautiful December is the perfect holiday treat.