People have mixed feelings about Christmas music, but most of us can agree that when it’s done right it’s very enjoyable to listen to, no matter what religion you are. Here’s your guide to knowing which Christmas albums to put on your list and which ones to avoid this holiday season.
A Very She & Him Christmas by She & Him: Hit
While it isn’t one of the most well known Christmas albums, it is one of the best to hit shelves in a while. Zooey Deschanel is adorable, and her voice is gentle and sweet. Her fellow musician M. Ward isn’t bad either, but she steals the show with this album. Don’t miss out on this one.
Under the Mistletoe by Justin Bieber: Miss
Yeah, I said it. This album sucks. Clearly it was recorded when he was in that awkward inbetween phase of puberty because his voice can’t seem to decide if it wants to be high or low. His new song, “Under the Mistletoe,” is the only song that doesn’t make my ears want to bleed, and it’s probably just because the music video is so cute. If you’re going to browse it at all, avoid “Little Drummer Boy” at all costs.
Christmas by Michael Bublé: Hit
You can’t go wrong with Michael Bublé, and he did a great job with this very classic Christmas album. It’s calm and crooning, which beats fast-paced Christmas music any day. He keeps the tempo slow and puts emphasis on the high notes, and the combination is fantastic. His rendition of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is especially good because he keeps it slow, while most artists tend to speed it up. Bublé has always had an old-timey voice, and that’s why this album works so well. He has many new songs, along with a mix of covers, so it’s a great CD no matter which you prefer.
A Very Gaga Holiday by Lady Gaga: Miss
It pains me to write this, but I hated her version of “White Christmas.” She was trying too hard to sound old-timey, and it felt forced. Had anyone else done that, I don’t think it would’ve bothered me nearly as much, but Lady Gaga prides herself on originality. Does anybody else see the irony in that? It has a nice live feel to it, so if you really like Lady Gaga and live music, it still might be a good purchase for you.
The Christmas Album Volume 2 by “Glee” cast: Hit
This CD is just as good as their first one, if not better. Santana (Naya Rivera) steals the stage as usual with her sultry version of “Santa Baby.” Mercedes (Amber Riley) also sings a beautiful version of “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which has to be the best version of the song behind Mariah Carey’s. Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) also serenade each other with “Let It Snow,” which you can’t help but put on repeat. There are plenty of other great covers, along with two new original songs–one of which features Radford University’s alumna Jayma Mays–so make sure you pick up or download a copy.