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Measha Bruegger-Gosman Christmas Canadian soprano Brueggergosman is that rare classical performer who can tackle pop fare without sounding like she’d rather be singing Turandot...
Michael W. Smith & Friends The Spirit of Christmas Give Michael W. Smith points for not laying it on too thick. His milieu may be contemporary Christian music (I say “milieu...
Various Artists Ragnarok Juletide Although it’s being marketed as a “various artists” release, Ragnarok Juletide is actually the English-language debut of Raskasta Joulua, a...
Various Artists Tous Ensemble Pour Noël Don’t be fooled by the title: Tous Ensemble Pour Noël—which I believe translates as “all the outfits for Noel” (possibly a reference to...
One of the really fun things about Christmas, besides aiming tiny cocktail wieners into your father-in-law’s drooling maw as he sleeps off the tryptophan and White Russians, is...
Leann Rimes One Christmas—Chapter 1 Wait a sec, if this EP is about “one Christmas”, why is it Chapter 1? Who does LeAnn Rimes think she’s fooling? Anyhow, this six-song EP is a...
The Xmas-Men Santa Is Real The Xmas-Men are actually Robert Earl Keen’s backing band, taking a seasonal detour without the Texan singer-songwriter. These rootsy takes on all the...
Liona Boyd A Winter Fantasy Canada’s First Lady of the Guitar can’t shred the nylon strings the way she once could, due to a condition called focal dystonia. That explains why...
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Playhouse Revue A New Orleans Creole Christmas If you can listen to these sweet-and-laid-back takes on holiday standards without...
Trio MediaevalAquilonis This gorgeous album of polyphonic harmonizing by Norway’s Trio Mediaeval is not a Christmas release per se, but the repertoire comes from as far north as...

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