Holiday harmonies ring loud this season

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Thanksgiving vacation is over and the semester’s end is just around the corner, and every student knows what lies beyond final exams – Christmas vacation.

Each year, new holiday albums hope to satisfy any melodic connoisseur’s craving. Here are three of 2012’s holiday albums to grab.

 Cee Lo Green, American singer-songwriter, actor and record producer, brings yuletide cheer with the same Motown soul and funk on his hit song “Forget You” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” on his new album “Cee Lo’s Magic Moment.”

Some standout tracks on the album include his nostalgic “Baby It’s Cold Outside” duet with Christina Aguilera, reminiscent of the late 1940s, his energetic “All I Need is Love” featuring The Muppets, his R&B infused “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” with professional a cappella group Straight No Chaser and his smooth rendition of the classic “Merry Christmas, Baby” featuring Rod Stewart and Trombone Shorty.

Colbie Caillat brought holiday tunes to her folk pop, Hawaiian-influenced portfolio. Those who love her previous albums will find her “Christmas In the Sand” album the perfect California holiday record to play during a trip to the beach.

Standout tracks include “Christmas in the Sand,” an upbeat carol designed for those without a white Christmas, her “Baby It’s Cold Outside” duet with co-headlining tour partner Gavin DeGraw, her classic and romantic “The Christmas Song” duet with Hawaiian singer-songwriter Justin Young and her unreserved, heartfelt “Every Day Is Christmas” featuring long-time producer Jason Reeves.

Lady Antebellum brings big band, jazz and country to new heights with their new Christmas album “On This Winter’s Night.”
There are no standout tracks on Lady Antebellum’s album, as every track delivers yuletide fulfillment and musical excellence worthy of a country music stamp of approval.

The band’s vocals fit well with their track list’s various arrangements and will be an instant favorite.

About Jon Beam

I am a Journalism & Media at CBU and I will be your Food/Culture/CBU Review editor for the year. This is my third year working for The Banner and I couldn't be more excited about covering the various trends and cultural phenomenon that occur on our beautiful campus. Have a blessed day!

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