Yes . . . its true . . . I am a music snob. I have the best taste in music of anyone I know (if you don’t see the humor in that . . . then Merry Christmas!).
If you are like me, you like Christmas music, but it quickly gets old when you listen to the same stuff over and over and it all tends to meld together because it all sounds the same. A lot of Christmas music tends to be lacking in Christ-centered content and musical quality. So how about a Christmas-music-makeover? How about some Christmas music with both style and substance?
There is some really great and original sounding Christmas music out there, you just have to search a little harder for it. With that said, here are my Top 5 Christmas Albums For Music Snobs:
5. So Elated – The Bewildering Light – This album is a beautiful mix of Christmas gems and original songs. The album includes an excellent version of my favorite Christmas hymn, “Come thou Long Expected Jesus” and some very cool songs that they band wrote themselves. There is a very cool song about Zechariah’s encounter with God and perhaps my favorite on the album, “God is with Us.”
Right now you can get this wonderful album for free at Noisetrade–you can tell 5 friends about it or pay what you want!
4. Your King Has Come – Various Artists – This is a GREAT compilation of wonderful Christmas hymns all given new and compelling accompaniment. There are some really great artists involved in this compilation too, artists include: Derek Webb and Sandra McCraken, Jill Phillips, Andrew Osenga, Matthew Smith, and Matthew Perryman Jones. If you click the above link, you can listen to the songs by these 5 artists in their entirety before you buy!
3. Ten out of Tenn – Christmas – This album features a number of excellent singer/songwriters each live in Nashville, TN. The album is a mix of the serious, sentimental, and lighthearted. For instance, Matthew Perryman Jones sings a beautiful rendition of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” while Jeremy Lister plays “Santa Lost His Mojo.” Tyler James is quickly becoming one of my new favorite artists, he performs “Sentimental Christmas”–sure to produce warm fuzzies. Also, Katie Herzig performs and unforgetable rendition of “Silent Night” and Griffin House peforms “O Holy Night.” This album can be bought very cheaply on iTunes!
2. Sufjan Stevens – Songs for Christmas – Sufjan’s collection of 5 Christmas EPs recorded over the course of 6 Christmases, is both annoying and delightful. The delightful moments so outweigh the annoying moments that Sufjan lands himself firmly at #2 in my Top 5. Delightful moments include both original Christmas songs written by Sufjan as well as excellent renditions of various hymns. My favorites include Sufjan’s rendition of “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming.” Steven’s originals, “Sister Winter,” “Winter Solstice,” and “Star of Wonder” are must-listens for any self respecting Sufjan fan!
1. Sojourn – Advent Songs – go right now and download this album for FREE at Noisetrade. All you have to do is recommend it to 5 friends or if you would rather not bug your friends, you can pay however much you want for it! Its not piracy–every artist agrees to put their music on the site. Derek Webb started the site.
Sojourn is a wonderful church in Louisville (where I used to live) filled with some very gifted musicians. This album is a mix of new an old Christmas hymns each of which carry a very original sound and each of which are performed with excellence. This is the most compelling Christmas album I have heard in quite some time.