2006: Acoustic Hearts of Winter
Acoustic Hearts of Winter was recorded in a studio decorated with Christmas decorations and cookies to get the artists into the holiday spirit in the middle of July. The girls bring a modern pop flavour to traditional carols like We Three Kings and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen as well as more light-hearted favourites such as Let it Snow. The album opens and closes however with original tracks written by Aly and AJ themselves. Greatest Time of the Year feels like a little generic, but Not This Year, a dedication to the girls’ grandmother who died on Christmas Eve is poignant and a stand-out track of the album. Acoustic Hearts of Winter was re-released in 2007 with additional covers of Winter Wonderland, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.