Christmas season is upon us, everybody! Instead of opting for your regular, run-of-the-mill musical holiday classics, why not check out some Christmas albums that came out this year? Come on! Spice it up!
It’s that magical time of the year again, when we spend all our money and drink an ocean’s worth of eggnog. Oh, Christmas! How we love thee…
In the spirit of the holiday season, we’ve decided to give a nod to the wonderful artists who compile Christmas albums but don’t receive the attention they so dearly deserve. So this is our humble roundup of the crème de la crème of this year’s Christmas albums.
Kelly Clarkson — Wrapped in Red
OK, if you’re not a Kelly Clarkson fan, you have to get out now. Very few albums in the history of music can rival Clarkson’s Christmas-permeated vocals. Wrapped in Red is like a gingerbread cookie for the soul. The singer includes the season’s classics, like “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Run Run Rudolph” but also added a few originals, like “Wrapped in Red” (which she wrote herself!). It’s so wholesome and warm and Kelly Clarkson-y. The album came out Oct. 25, and you can now buy this bad boy on iTunes or at Indigo.ca for $11.
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Mary J. Blige — A Mary Christmas
Every Christmas celebration should have some R&B lovin’, and Mary J. Blige never disappoints. A Mary Christmas covers all the classics, with some incredible collaborations, including “This Christmas,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” featuring Barbra Streisand (!!!) and “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” featuring Jessie J. There’s even a bilingual version of “Silent Night,” with the Spanish half sung by Marc Anthony! This album is a great spin on the holiday classics, and you will definitely love it. It was released Oct. 15 and can be purchased on iTunes for $10 or at Indigo.ca for $18.
The Robertsons — Duck the Halls
If you’re a fan of the A&E series Duck Dynasty, then this album is for you! Featuring the Robertson clan, Duck the Halls puts a new spin on all your Christmas favourites, like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and even “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” And because it’s the Robertsons, there’s even a track called “Duck the Halls” (of course!). So if you’re looking for something a little less traditional with a bit of a country spin, Duck the Halls is your guy! This album can be purchased on iTunes or at Indigo.ca for $12.
Are you planning to pick up any of these?