Guide to 2012 Holiday Albums

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Guide to 2012 Holiday Albums
Give the gift of music this year to all the people on your shopping list this season that you have absolutely no clue what to buy for. Honestly, an inoffensive holiday-specific CD in the general genre of pop/rock can go a long way in this department. Here are some of this year’s most convenient stocking stuffers…

Lady Antebellum – On This Winter’s Night: The Grammy-winning country band have put out a 12 song disc of Christmas cheer this year with that feature consistent harmonies that’ll have you wishing every set of carolers tht showed upon your doorstep sounded like this

Colbie Caillat ­– Christmas in the Sand: the sunniest entry in this round up, the “Bubbly” singer-songwriter breezes her way through warm and playful renditions of “Silver Bells,” “Merry Christmas Baby” with Brad Paisley, and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Gavin DeGraw; a great gift to all of your friends located somewhere nowhere near the Equator

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta – This Christmas: the Grease leads reunite to make sweet music together once again, this time for something more comforting than a “Summer Nights” duet: Christmas songs. Uncomfortably Awkward Album Cover of the Year aside, this record marks the first time the two have made music together in 35 Christmases

Cee-Lo Green – CeeLo’s Magic Moment: Cee-Lo, the most soulful Santa on this list comes bearing gifts with some new Christmas renditions—14 songs to be exact—that mix up his chameleon-like funk fusion rock sound with holiday season standards like “Silent Night,” “Mary, Did You Know,” and Mariah Carey’s anthemic “All I Want For Christmas” to festival enough effect; he also makes use of his industry connections, bringing in guests like Christina Aguilera, Rod Stewart, Straight No Chaser, even the Muppets to switch up the gears

Blake Shelton – Cheers, It’s Christmas: the second “The Voice” judge on this list, Blake brings considerable country swag to this yuletide-ready compilation of familiar carols like “The Christmas Song,” Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” and “White Christmas”

Backstreet Boys – “It’s Christmas Time Again”: If you were a teen circa 2000, then this is the greatest Christmas gift ever. Okay, so we cheated here because it’s not an album, just a single, but it’s the first new music we’ve gotten from the boy band preceding their forthcoming 2013 album and it’s an original Christmas tune so we’re going to be “naughty” over “nice” here and include it
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