That cozy, stripped-down feel permeates "Silent Night": After the first verse, Sexton steps aside to let his father and his daughter each sing a verse. The three Sextons sing the final stanza together, their slightly uneven tempos humanizing a song whose holiness is so often exaggerated. Sexton's father reappears on "Do You Hear What I Hear" as the voice of the king, echoing the earnestness in his son's vocals.
Sexton does hint at a third meaning for his album's title with a few campy covers. If his off-kilter, percussive "Little Drummer Boy" had gone one step further, the lullaby would have turned into a reggae song. And though his vocal trills in "Blue Christmas" do emphasize the song's melancholy, a few overwrought moments make his shrill howl sound nearly canine. Despite a few quirky interpretations, "Camp Holiday" is a collection whose simplicity and sincerity make it as comfortable as a winter fire.
-- Catherine P. Lewis