OVERRATED: Christmas albums

A separate item could be written on the fact that holiday jingles are in the air as soon as the Halloween candy is sorted, but how many modern Christmas songs truly offer much beyond commercial, candy cane treacle? Bowie and Bing on "Little Drummer Boy"? A few moments from the "A Very Special Christmas" sets from the '90s? Frankly, after jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas," you hardly need anything else. Pictured: Publicity still from Mariah Carey's 2010 album "Merry Christmas II You." Updated: An earlier version of this slide incorrectly identified the Crosby/Bowie duet as "White Christmas."
Island Records
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