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Top 10 2011 Christmas Albums
It’s that time of year again, when every mother finds herself running herself ragged trying to make the season magical for her children. It’s easy to reach your wits end as you play Mrs. Claus, but try soothing your frazzled nerves and stay in the spirit of the season with some Christmas music. If you’re tired of the same old stodgy Christmas Carols recorded decades ago, 2011 has produced a fantastic assortment of new Christmas albums that capture that Yuletide feeling.
1. Michael Buble – “Christmas”
Buble has made a name for himself as the modern Sinatra, and like any self-respecting crooner, has recorded his first full-length holiday album. It’s currently topping the charts for good reason. He brings a fun but reverent delivery to his renditions of old standards and new Christmas classics.
2. She & Him – “A Very She & Him Christmas”
Singer-actress Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter partner M. Ward, offer an acoustic indi- rock take on Christmas classics as well as a few charming originals. They manage to capture the warm feeling of the season while keeping the tone fresh.
3. tobyMac – “Christmas In Diverse City”
If you prefer a Hip-Hop Christmas, try this DCTalk alums new album. Performed with his tour band, Diverse City, it covers a wide range of styles. From Hip-hop to soul, this album will bring an urban, but wholesome, feel to your winter celebrations.
4. Carole King – “A Holiday Carole”
Veteran performer Carole King’s voice on this album has a scratchy but warm soulfulness that speaks of her 69 years of life. This jazzy collection features King, accompanied by a small combo of agile musicians. The tone of this album covers a wide range of styles and is perfect for a Christmas party or just around the house.
5. Chicago – “Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three”
Their first new album in eight years features a cavalcade of guest appearances by performers such as Dolly Parton, Steve Cropper, and America. However, if you despise adult-contemporary music, steer clear.
6. Various Artists – “This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2”
This is another good choice for those who like an array of musical genres, or for parties. From Zach Gill’s opening drinking song, “Party Hard” which features a folksy jug-band style combo to a vampy rendition of “Frosty the Snowman”, this album is the musical equivalent of a sampler box of chocolates.
7. David Ian – “Vintage Christmas”
This jazzy collection is reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi’s Peanut’s Christmas and features swinging arrangements of Christmas classics with bluesy overtones. Those who love a warm jazzy Christmas shouldn’t pass this up.
8. Jersey Boys – “Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boy Christmas”
The hit Broadway show about The Four Seasons featured one of the most popular soundtracks to come out of Broadway recently, and this album takes that sensibility to Christmas. This collection, recorded by the cast, brings a broadly 50’s and 60’s style to the season.
9. Paul Anka – “Songs Of December”
You know what to expect when you pick up any of Anka’s albums and this album doesn’t disappoint. The lush, fully orchestrated production will be at home in any Christmas setting.
10. Justin Bieber – “Under the Mistletoe”
For those parents who may want to add some music to the mix that will appeal to the kids, Bieber’s new album may be a good choice. The first single from the album, “Mistletoe”, already hit number one on iTunes the day after it was released. This album is a mix of new songs and fresh takes on old classics.
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