New Christmas Music for 2009
Cool and Hip Renditions
By Laura Young
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Looking for something slightly off-beat and different in your Christmas carols? Try one of these albums by new and emerging pop and rock artists.
A Very Rosie Christmas!
Indie artist Rosie Thomas has managed to put together an LP that has pratically everything you'd want to find in a Christmas album, from dance-inducing original tracks like "Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year?" to an enrapturing holiday ballads like "Christmastime Is Here."
What does it sound like? This compilation is understated yet elegant. Thomas's style is similar to her friend, indie rock star Sufjan Stevens; Both capitalize on performing songs in a bold, bright manner that radiates with life and joy.
Perfect for playing while getting ready for a great night out at a Christmas shindig.
Standout tracks: An enchanting cover of Joni Mitchell's haunting song "River," "Alone at Christmastime"
The Hotel Café Presents…Winter Songs
This charming collection features quirky covers of your favorite holiday tunes, and a number of original tracks, performed by top-tier indie and alternative music artist. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
What does it sound like? The all-female lineup of this album includes the likes of Fiona Apple ("Frosty the Snowman"), KT Tunstall ("Sleigh Ride"), and Katy Perry ("White Christmas") alongside up-and-comers like Priscilla Ahn ("Silent Night") and Nicole Atkins ("Blue Christmas"). Each artist has a unique musical style, but they all have a soothing, relaxed vibe.
Perfect for playing while cozying up on the couch with your honey and a warm cup of coco.
Standout tracks: "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson, "All My Bells Are Ringing" by Lenka
This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol.1
This little anthology contains a fresh batch of new Christmas songs to add to your collection. This album features the work of popular musicians like Jack Johnson, G. Love, and Rogue Wave. 25% of the profits will be donated in support of children's music education.
What does it sound like? Lovers of easy-going singer songwriter music will eat this album up. Songs like "Christmas Time" by ALO capture the lighthearted side of the holiday. Money Mark's tune, a "Stuck at the Airport." pokes fun of the worst of Christmastime disasters (being stranded at the airport) and is the perfect song to cheer you up even when your holiday take a turn for the worse.
Perfect for playing while the kids (and adults) are playing with their new toys.
Standout tracks: "Someday at Christmas" by Jack Johnson, "Christmas Baby" by G. Love
For more great Christmas music, carols, and song lyrics, visit our holiday music page.