Although diehards get festive the day after Halloween, most of us don’t start spinning holiday CDs until at least the first snowfall. Whatever the case may be, there’s plenty to choose from this year as many big names have stepped up to spread a little cheer-and cheese.LEAH BOWNESS
Re-Joyce: The Christmas Album, Jessica Simpson Naughty or nice? A bit of both. Newlyweds’ star is adorably merry, but too syrupy for most tastes. Try caroling this: In the fallen snow under the mistletoe /1 need you here with me when I hold you close/Baby, take my hand in wonderland/ Cause it’s Merry Christmas time again
Peace on Earth, Matt Dusk Naughty or nice? He’s no Sinatra, but the titletrack duet with fellow Canadian Hawksley Workman manages to give Bing Crosby and David Bowie a run for their money.
Try caroling this: You’re gonna flip / When old Saint Nick/Takes a lick/On a peppermint stick
Barenaked for the Holidays, Barenaked Ladies Naughty or nice? The guys know jingles, but their cover of Do They Know It’s Christmas? is a dud. Try caroling this: (from Elf’s Lament) Trends come and go/And your friends want to know/ Why you’re not just happy making crappy little gizmos/Every kid knows they’ll just throw this stuff away
A Canadian Christmas, Various artists Naughty or nice? Packed with winners, except the tired Bob and Doug McKenzie ode to golden toques, back bacon and beer in Twelve Days of Christmas. Try caroling this: (think Randy Bachman) Taking care of Christmas / Every day / Taking care of Christmas/In his sleigh
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