Are there too many Christmas albums?
Every week, there's a new one in my mailbox. Annie Lennox's "A Christmas Cornucopia," "Christmas with the Rat Pack," "Christmas with the Chipmunks."
The last straw came with "Now that's what I call Christmas IV."
Even Aaron Neville, who's made two holiday albums, says in today's Live! there are too many of them. He prefers to listen to Marvin Gaye during the holidays.
The problem with the genre, if we can call it that, is that it rarely offers anything new. The albums consist of songs that have been covered so much even Santa would blanch.
Mariah Carey's new one, "Merry Christmas II You," includes only four original songs besides the umpteenth versions of "O Holy Night" and "O Come All Ye Faithful."
Yet, they keep getting made, which means that people love them, or they just need stocking stuffers. Here's just hoping I won't get "Christmas with the Hasselhoffs" any time soon.
Update: Alternatively, NME has posted ten free Christmas song downloads, by people like Sufjan Stevens. Not sure this is any better, but hey, it's free.