By Taylor Toothman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tis the season for the obligatory holiday-themed CD. It seems almost every recording artist has produced one at some point or another. Get yours now, because after December 25, it is trÃ¨s faux pas to blast “Frosty the Snowman” from your car stereo. Just don’t do it. This year there’s a very eclectic mix, sure to please the holiday lover in everyone.
Various Artists — We Wish You a Metal Xmas…And A Headbanging New Year: For those of you who’d rather go caroling in a moshpit, this is a must-have. Get: “Run Rudolph Run” by Dave Grohl, Lemmy Kilmister and Billy Gibbons. It’s a lot of fun, and much less embarrassing to listen to than the Hanson version. Avoid: A laugh-inducing screamo version of “Silent Night” by Chris Wyse, Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Jon Donais and John Tempesta.
Melissa Etheridge — A New Thought For Christmas: The guitar picking and warm vocals let Etheridge’s original tracks blend perfectly with well-known tunes to add a fresh, personal feel to the season of holiday repeats. Get: The stirring romp “Christmas in America.” Avoid: “Light a Light.” It’s just a little too hokey.
Various Artists — The Hotel CafÃ© Presents Winter Songs: A Christmas estrogen fest the likes of which have never before been compiled onto one disc. An excellent assortment of beloved classics and originals performed by up-and-coming female artists. Get: “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. It’s dainty and beautiful. Winter set to music. Avoid: “White Christmas” by Katy Perry, which sounds like she recorded it in an empty nightclub after taste-testing too much eggnog.
Stephen Colbert — A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All!: Featuring several diverse guest artists, America’s favorite comedy genius has just proved that he can do anything. Someday he’ll sweep Broadway off its feet. Get: “Can I Interest You In Hannukah?” with Jon Stewart. Avoid: “Nutmeg” with John Legend. It’s clever, but it gets old after a while.
There you have it. Get out there and enjoy this holiday season. Hopefully these songs will get you into the spirit. This kind of magical happiness only comes around once a year.