Sunday, November 29, 2009

New Sounds Of The Season

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to get down to some serious shopping for Christmas. Of course, when you're out driving from store to store or even clicking from website to website, you will need some tunes to get you into the holiday spirit. Plus, if you're sick of hearing the same ol'songs year after year, here are some new Christmas albums for you to pick up.

There are two new Christmas albums that have a very similar title, but that's about all they have in common. The first is by American Idol Finalist David Archuleta entitled "Christmas From The Heart". He covers most of the holiday classic and even includes an original song, "Melodies of Christmas". If you're a fan of American Idol then I'm sure you'll love this album. Now, the other album with a similar title is by the one and only Bob Dylan. His first Christmas album is called "Christmas In The Heart". If you're looking for something a little different, then this album is for you. Bob lends his ruff, grizzly voice to some holiday classics, but Bob is also donating all proceeds from the sale of this album to charity. So even if you purchase the album and only play it once, at least you can feel go knowing that the money you spent on it went to a good cause.

The "A Very Special Christmas" series has released volume 7. This volume is loaded with new comers such as Kellie Pickler, Carrie Underwood and Ashley Tisdale performing updated versions of some old holiday favorites. The proceeds of this album will be going to Special Olympics.

Sugarland, arguable one of the hottest country bands of the last decade, will release their first holiday album entitled "Gold and Green". It showcases Jennifer Nettles' amazing voice on some Christmas classics as well as some originals. But if vocals are your thing, then "Christmas Cheers" by the acapella group Straight No Chaser is what you're looking for. Their newest holiday album features some fun songs like "You're A Mean On Mr. Grinch" and "The Christmas Can-Can" as well as their famous "12 Days of Christmas".

Now, with so many new arrivals on the holiday scene, we can't forget the classic artists that have been here before. First off is a new Christmas album by Neil Diamond entitled "A Cherry Cherry Christmas". It seems that the older he gets, the better his albums get and this is probably his best Christmas album to date. And let's not forget that other showman from the 70's Barry Manilow. He plays it safe on his newest Christmas album, "In The Swing Of Christmas". It features only 12 tracks and most of them are traditional holiday songs.

Two of this year's biggest selling Christmas albums come from an artist who has been around for over three decades and another artist who has arguable one of the best voices in the world. This year is their first attempts at a holiday album. The first one is by the former frontman for The Police and is titled "If On a Winter's Night". Many of the tracks on this album are more traditional "English" holiday songs, then American. But, Sting sings them in such a way that makes you feel like you've heard them all before. The year's other big seller belongs to Andrea Bocelli. His "My Christmas" album has already sold 500,000 copies in only three weeks. The album consists mainly of the traditional Christmas songs sung in English with a few of the songs sung in German and French.

As one who loves Christmas music, I'm glad that there isn't a bunch of rehashed albums that we've heard a thousand times before. So check out some of these new releases as your tooling around from shop to shop or decorating the Christmas tree during this most wonderful time of the year.

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