It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Albums

Published: 2004-10-07
As we draw nearer to the holiday season, Christmas albums begin to pop out of the woodwork at an alarming rate. This year promises to have just as many of the usual Celtic and children choir rendition of favourite Christmas songs, but will also offer a few more rock friendly alternatives.

After one successful soundtrack compilation, the Fox television series The OC is putting out its own Christmas album this year. It's titled 'Have a Very Merry Chrismukkah' - Chrismukkah being the name multi-faithed character Seth Cohen gave the holiday season. The album will be available on October 26th, when the second OC soundtrack compilation is also set to appear in stores.

The favourite Christmas album of all the indie kids has got to be 'Maybe This Christmas', of which there is a new instalment this year (released October 5th). Very cleverly titled 'Maybe This Christmas Tree', it is the third in the series which started in 2002. The first two editions featured everyone from Canadian songsters Ron Sexsmith and Rufus Wainwright to pop-punkers Jimmy Eat World to Brits Badly Drawn Boy and Coldplay. This year's version contains covers of both John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' and The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York'.

The track-listing of 'Maybe This Christmas Tree' is:

'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' - The Polyphonic Spree
'The Christmas Song' - The Raveonettes
'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab For Cutie
'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day' - Pedro The Lion
'Bittersweet Eve' - Belasana
'Christmas Time Is Here' - Ivy
'Baby It's Cold Outside' - Royal Crown Revue
'Wonderful Christmas' - Tom McRae
'Fairytale of New York' - Pilate
'Jingle Bells' - Lisa Loeb
'Christmas For Cowboys' - Jars of Clay
'Do You Hear What I Hear?' - Copeland

Also set to put out Christmas albums this holiday season is Clay Aiken (November 16th), Chris Isaak (October 12th), and those animated ankle biters The Rugrats (October 12th).

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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