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The best holiday albums of the season

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When you’ve listened to Wham’s “Last Christmas” one too many times, hit the skip button to one of these fresh new holiday records.

This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday, Vol. 2 If you missed the first volume of A Brushfire Holiday, do yourself a favor and snatch it up—but only after grabbing the follow-up record that debuted this November. Like its debut counterpart, the album is a compilation of holiday tunes sung by awesome indie artists; think Rogue Wave, Matt Costa and the reggae-infused beats of G. Love. The offbeat numbers include titles like “Party Hard” and “In the Morning” but also pay tribute to classics like “Jingle Bell Rock.”

Justin Bieber, Under the Mistletoe Before you completely downgrade our credibility, hear us out on this one! Yes, Justin is over-hyped, but you’ll be surprised when you hear the pubescent kid croon on this album; he’s clearly beginning the transition from boy to man, and it shows in his vocals. He’s no Bing Crosby, but we think you’ll quickly find yourself singing along merrily, especially to the irresistible hit single, “Mistletoe.”

Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2 Yep, another volume 2 that we couldn’t resist; but we say there’s never too much glee to be had.  Upbeat songs like “Santa Baby” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You” are peppered with slow jams like “River”, where you really get to feel the heartfelt vocals from the award-winning cast. Naysayers complain that the second volume can’t compare, but we wholeheartedly give it an A+.

She & Him, A Very She & Him Christmas Who can resist the lovable Zooey Deschanel? Whether she’s gracing us with her presence on the silver screen or crooning alongside Portland’s M. Ward, the girl can do no wrong. Her mellow, somehow hypnotic voice lulls us into Christmas, making your loud aunt and overbearing uncle that much easier to endure from now until New Year’s.

Other selections to warm your fire: Michael Buble, Christmas; Christmas EP; Ingrid Michaelson, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” ; Lady Gaga, A Very Gaga Holiday; Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, “Please Come Home for Christmas” (single); Sheryl Crow, Home for Christmas

No time for family drama…this season iTune them out and let the Yuletide ring!

 

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