Julie Roberts Christmas EP Review: “Who Needs Mistletoe”

A review of Julie Roberts’ Christmas EP “Who Needs Mistletoe,” which she co-wrote and co-produced with Jason Collum, on an independent record label.

South Carolina singing sensation Julie Roberts released her newest EP Who Needs Mistletoe on November 1, via her independent record label, Aint Skeerd Records. This marks Roberts’ first Christmas album.

Background on the EP

This seven-track collection of songs was co-produced by Roberts and Jason Collum. It consists of an original recording (its title track), as well as several traditional Christmas carols such as “O Holy Night” and “Away in a Manger.”

Highlight Songs

The EP opens with a sultry rendition of the Elvis Presley tune “Blue Christmas.” It is followed by her lead-off single “Who Needs Mistletoe,” which Roberts co-wrote with her co-producer, Collum.

Roberts sings “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” as a slow-moving ballad, however each note is backed with soul and conviction.

Roberts excels on her rendition of the Willie Nelson-penned tune “Pretty Paper,” which was made famous by Roy Orbison.

Equally compelling is Roberts’ version of “Away in a Manger,” which is one of the best covers since veteran country vocalists Patty Loveless and Martina McBride recorded this standard for their holiday albums Bluegrass and White Snow: A Mountain Christmas and White Christmas respectively. “Away in a Manger” concludes with a brief instrumental of “The First Noel.”

The most powerful vocal on the EP is Roberts performing “O Holy Night,” which showcases her impressive range, and when she hits the high notes, she does so with ease, making it seem effortless.

The EP closes with “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” which is certain to leave her listeners thirsty for more of Roberts’ bluesy, rich vocals.

The Verdict

Julie Robert’s latest Christmas EP Who Needs Mistletoe is a breath of fresh air! All seven songs on it are superb, and her clear voice is second to none. Roberts’ sound can be best described as a modern-day Patsy Cline, juxtaposed with the soulfulness of acclaimed British pop songstresses Adele and Duffy.

Roberts and Collum do a fine job producing the EP. Hopefully, Roberts will one day record a full-length Christmas studio album, where her fans can enjoy more holiday carols from her.

Although many Christmas records have been released this season by artists spanning various genres of music, Roberts’ EP stands out as one of the most soulful and bravest efforts by a female vocalist.

Merry Christmas To You All! Hope This Christmas And New Year Brings A Lot of Good Memories To You 🙂