Norah Jones

2017 Christmas album roundup: Music for every mood this holiday

2017 Christmas album roundup: Music for every mood this holiday

This year’s bounty of holiday albums includes offerings from pop music heavyweights such as Sia, Gwen Stefani, Fantasia, Reba McEntire, 98 Degrees and veteran rockers Cheap Trick.

But don’t let familiar names prompt you to overlook rewarding new albums from lower-profile acts including Us the Duo, Lowland Hum and MARi.

Artists who make seasonal albums know their most loyal fans will snap them up no matter what; the yearly challenge is to what lengths they’re willing to go to craft something worthy of consideration beyond ye most faithful.

Albums ranked below three stars are primarily for ardent fans, while three stars and above warrant a listen by anyone interested in...

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