If the places around where you live are anything like mine, you’ve been forced to listen to Christmas music everywhere you go for a few weeks now. The Starbucks next to my work started playing it at least a week before Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. But Christmas music in general sucks. Do we have to listen to such terrible music for an entire month of the year? NO. Thankfully, some artists that I love feel my pain and have released Christmas albums that by definition do not suck. So here are some of those for your listening pleasure….
Earlier this year everyone’s favorite indie darling Zooey Deschanel and her music partner M. Ward released a Christmas album. Just like their two other albums, it is pure joy wrapped up in 12 wonderful tracks. AND they are giving a portion of the proceeds to charity so when you purchase the album everybody wins!
If you are looking for children singing and hand claps and overall cheer this album is not for you. If you are looking for Christmas songs that capture the quiet, sometimes eerie, and contemplative nights of winter, this is it. Conor takes classic Christmas songs like “Little Drummer Boy” and puts a haunting spin on them. Perfect for sitting by the fire and reflecting on the past year.
My favorite show is The O.C. (you know you loved it too!) so it isn’t Christmas without this mix. My only complaint about this one is that it is extremely short. It won’t bring cheer for a super long time, but it would be great thrown in with your Christmas party music.
These three are pretty old but they are packed with goodies from bands like Badly Drawn Boy, Rilo Kiley, Death Cab For Cutie, and Ben Folds!
If you read the description of the Bright Eyes album and thought “but I love hand clappy cheery Christmas music!” then this is the album for you. I dare you to listen to this album and not get the urge to deck the halls and fa-la-la all day long.
***You may at this point be thinking “Why not Sufjan Stevens?”, so I’ll give it to you straight. FIVE DISCS worth of Christmas music is just overkill, okay. And I’m not pretentious enough to pretend I have time for that. If I wanted to listen to that much Sufjan Stevens I already have approximately a million other songs in my itunes library. Dude likes to make alot of music. BUTTTT there is one Sufjan Stevens song that is essential to everyone’s Christmas (and really year round) library:
So there you have it. Christmas music that doesn’t suck. 🙂
Check back next week for my top ten albums from 2011 and tomorrow for a second “thrifty tuesday”.
WHAT CHRISTMAS ALBUMS DO YOU THINK, BY DEFINITION, DO NOT SUCK?