It’s word association time. Say the first word that springs to mind: “holiday ——.” Did you think “season”? “Sale”? “Hangover”? How about “music”?
This year, there are plenty of new holiday albums to pick from. Cee Lo Green, English pop-rocker Tracey Thorn and the left-field collective Redtenbacher Funkestra are just a few of the dozens of entertainers with albums out there made for celebrating the season. But which ones will offer yuletide cheer and which will feel like the same old thing, re-gifted?
Here’s a 2012 roundup of the best new holiday music releases: