Whether or not you’re a fan of crooners or carolers, divas or bluesmen, there’s a Christmas album to stuff the stocking of each vacation music sort this season.
For the diva Christmas: Jessie J | “This Christmas Day”
The British belter brings lots of “Bang Bang” to such vacation chestnuts as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to City.” However she additionally sprinkles this seasonal set with some lesser-known fare (a brassy “Man With the Bag”) and the unique title tune, which she takes to church with a gospel choir. In the meantime, JJ additionally receives soulful assist from Boyz II Males (“Winter Wonderland”) and Babyface (“The Christmas Track”).
For the soulful Christmas: John Legend | “A Legendary Christmas”
The R&B crooner places the “Legend” in “A Legendary Christmas” with six of his personal originals, together with the bopping “Carry Me Love” (co-written with Meghan Trainor) and the piano-man ballad “Ready for Christmas” (co-written with Raphael Saadiq). You may catch the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner making merry dwell when his “A Legendary Christmas” Tour parks its sleigh at Madison Sq. Backyard’s Hulu Theater on Monday.
For the bluesy Christmas: Eric Clapton | “Glad Xmas”
The guitar god acquired a lot into the Christmas spirit for his first-ever vacation LP that he even did his personal Santa illustration for the album cowl. However regardless of yuletide gaiety equivalent to “Have Your self a Merry Little Christmas,” every part’s not jolly right here: The “Tears in Heaven” singer begins crying “Christmas Tears” on one spotlight. And he dedicates an electronica-infused rendition of “Jingle Bells“ to the late EDM star Avicii.
For the caroler Christmas: Pentatonix | “Christmas Is Right here!”
With their intricate a cappella preparations, this quintet takes conventional Christmas caroling to a different degree. On their fourth vacation album, they’re in festive type but once more with some vocal assists from Kelly Clarkson (“Grown-Up Christmas Checklist”) and Maren Morris (a canopy of the Whitney Houston-Mariah Carey duet “When You Consider”). Each company will be a part of the group on their particular “Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Evening,” airing Dec. 10 on NBC.
For the Trekkie Christmas: William Shatner | “Shatner Claus — The Christmas Album”
Captain Kirk has gone boldly right into a recording profession that has produced such albums as 2011’s space-themed “Searching for Main Tom” and 2004’s Ben Folds-produced “Has Been.” Right here, he takes his campy spoken-word shtick into the vacation realm with company together with Iggy Pop, Brad Paisley and Henry Rollins. On “’Twas the Evening Earlier than Christmas,” he comes off like the Trekkie reply to Burl Ives.
For the hipster Christmas: Tyler, the Creator | “Music Impressed by Illumination & Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Grinch’ ”
On this all-too-brief EP, the different rapper from the Odd Future collective creates a quirky-cool suite that includes six tracks that go sledding into the fantasy world of the Grinch. However it’s Vince Guaraldi’s traditional music from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” that appears to have impressed such jazzy, piano-laced cuts as “Whoville” and “Cindy Lou’s Want.” You’ll solely want the far-out festivities would final for much longer than 10 minutes.