I love Christmas music.
Actually, that’s not completely true. I love good Christmas music and absolutely despise the crap that you so often hear in malls starting the day after Halloween.
Luckily, there’s a ton of really fabulous Christmas music out there. I know, I apparently own about a thousand tracks worth. Honestly, for me, good Christmas songs – new and old with interesting arrangements, are one of the good things in life.
That’s why I’m so pleased that Bela Fleck & The Flecktones have finally released a Christmas CD: Jingle All the Way. It doesn’t disappoint.
The album is available on iTunes. With 17 tracks, it’s a good $10. ($9 on Amazon’s MP3 store, if you’re in the US.) Their take on traditional Christmas songs is about as out there as you can get while still being identifiable. Edgar Meyer joins in on cello and the Tuvian throat singers also chime in on a few tracks. Kudos to them for doing such an outstanding job, great stuff. If you’re looking for an interesting Christmas album, I can’t imagine a better bet.