2011 Christmas albums: this year's most unnecessary collections
We could listen to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" from now until Dec. 25 and be happy. But more modern holiday albums leave a bit to be desired. Here's Jordan Bartel's look at the most random/unnecessary Christmas albums this year.
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"A Very She & Him Christmas," She & Him( Merge Records / November 1, 2011 )
I can't tell if M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel really love Christmas. I mean, I'm assuming they do (there has to be too-cool-for-school hipsters who don't celebrate ironically). But I'm not sure we needed this album, from the overly serious cover art to Deschanel doing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" again. Can't we just leave "Elf" alone?
Who to buy it for: Your friend who quotes Pitchfork reviews during happy hour.