New Christmas Music for 2009
Reinvented Christmas Classics
By Bethany Porter and Laura Young
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If your favorite Christmas songs are the oldies, but goodies, check out this selection of revamped classics sung by some of today's biggest recording artists.
The Irish Tenors
The Irish Tenors Christmas
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Brothers Anthony and Karl Scully and fellow tenor Finbar Wright are well known for their chart-topping classical music. These classically trained musicians have sold millions of albums filled with revived traditional music and re-worked modern hits. Now, the trio join together to put their spin on Christmas favorites.
What does it sound like? The tenors' big operatic voices combined with robust instrumentals will definitely strike a happy cord with traditionalists. Powerful versions of Christmas standards such as "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night" are sprinkled among upbeat songs such as "Jingle Bell Rock/Round the Christmas Tree Melody." While the men are talented beyond argument, this album will definitely be most appreciated by those who truly appreciate classical renditions of Christmas songs.
Perfect for playing while reminiscing after a holiday meal.
Standout tracks: "I Heard the Bells," "Hark the Herald Angels Sing"
Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship
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Fans of Christian music will recognize Chris Tomlin. He was named artist of the year at the GMA Dove awards in 2007 and 2008, and this year he adds a Christmas album to his list of musical accomplishments.
What does it sound like? If you love contemporary Christian music this album is exactly what you've been hoping for. New holiday tracks mix with old favorites on this album. Tomlin's stylized vocals are combined with backup singers who provide lovely harmonies. The sounds of acoustic and electric guitar and piano keep the music moving. The songs are beautiful but will definitely have the most appeal for a religious crowd.
Perfect for playing while lounging with the family and sipping cocoa after opening gifts.
Standout tracks: "O, Holy Night," "Winter Snow"
From Phil Spector featuring: Darlene Love, The Ronettes, The Crystals, and Bob B. Soxs and the Blue Jeans
A Christmas Gift For You
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Famed music producer Phil Spector first released this Christmas album in 1963 and it's been a staple of the holiday season ever since. Often regarded as one of the best ' pop holiday albums of all time, this disc features popular 60s artists, the Ronettes, Darlene Love, Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, and The Crystals.
What does it sound like? The unique combination of strong vocals, piano, horns, and bouncy percussion layered over the ting-ting of sleigh bells create an addicting sound that will have you pressing the repeat button on your iPod. Each of the artists on this disc possesses that soulful, punchy sound that has gone all but extinct since the 60s. This is a crowd pleaser for all ages.
Perfect for playing at a lively family get-together.
Standout tracks: "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
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World renowned Italian tenor, Andrea Bocelli, spent years developing his first holiday album, "My Christmas." Each track was chosen by Bocelli himself and the album delivers a stunning array of vocal prowess by the famed singer.
What does it sound like? This is vocal artistry at its best. Bocelli offers beautiful renditions of easily recognized holiday favorites and a few selections that aren't as widely known. No matter the tune, Bocelli's rich, full voice turns each song into a treat for the ears.
Perfect for playing while catching up and trading stories with loved ones around the fire.
Standout tracks: "Silent Night," "I Believe," "White Christmas/Bianco Natale"
Read on to find out what some of pop and rock's best-known acts have dished out this year for the holidays.