The opposite of Christmas music: Albums to make the jingle bells stop ringing in your ears

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The opposite of Christmas music: Albums to make the jingle bells stop ringing in your ears

Danna Tabachnik, digital editor-in-chief

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If you’ve got Jingle Bells ringing in your ears, you found the perfect gifts for everyone in your family, and are knocking your head against a wall after listening to “All I want for Christmas Is You” for the hundredth time, you deserve to splurge a little bit on yourself.

Here is some great music to buy to get those ‘catchy’ Christmas songs out of your head.

Sing (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 4.5/5 stars

The movie may come out on Christmas, but the songs on the album are further from holiday music than Adam Sandler is from celebrating Christmas.

Sing full of dancing animals brings and a soundtrack of powerful vocalists like Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, Tori Kelly, and Jennifer Hudson.

The album features many favorites, like Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Along with some original compositions and big time actresses, like Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson relying on their (not so strong) vocals, songs range from mashups of Katy Perry’s “Firework” to Dolly Parton’s “9-5.”  

“[The Sing] soundtrack makes sense for the songs to be a hodgepodge of genres and voices,” writes Chuck Campbell, writer for knoxnews.com.

The songs are all over the place and there are a few straight to the screen compositions that should not have been included in the soundtrack, but despite the few shortcomings, the vocals are spot on, the songs create a story, foreshadowing a very upbeat and enjoyable movie along with the album.

The enjoyable album definitely has catchy songs, but these will absolutely get those jingle bells to stop ringing in your ears.

Perfectly Imperfect ⅘ stars

At the age of 12, she plays the ukulele, writes her own music, and released an album that is perfectly her.

Grace VanderWall’s now famous “America’s Got Talent” audition, her down to earth attitude, and her unique vocals create an album that is easily identified. Every song is personal to her, which is evident with all the emotion she spills out. She almost loses her voice when the emotions hit her, and it is exactly what makes the album amazing.

Her now famous audition song is professionally recorded, and no matter how many times you listen to it, it gets better every time. (Yes. It’s possible).

“In five tracks, Grace takes us through an array of emotions – and styles,” writes Brianna Wiest, writer for teenvogue.com. “The EP takes you through Grace’s range, touching on issues that are all-too-well-known for young people, as well as soul-stokingly beautiful medleys that almost anyone could relate to.”

Her talent is evident. So is her age. The one unfortunate quality to the album is that all the songs sound the same, but the emotion that VanderWaal exhibits is impossible to miss and makes the album marvelous. If Christmas music is annoying you, this album is definitely the way to go to calm yourself down and get away from it.

Kane Brown 5/5 stars

Country music may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, but Kane Brown definitely delivered for those who love the twang of an acoustic guitar.

This album is true country: strong guitar, deep  voice, and love songs. The songs range from guitar-based ballads to upbeat ‘party’ jams with strong dumb beats, songs that would get the crowd at Country Thunder excited.

This is more than just an album of love songs, though. Multiple songs are stories of Brown’s upbringing, both living through abusive family members and love for his grandpa. This album is a perfect blend of feelings and fun, perfect for anyone, country lover or not.

“The minimalist production approach leaves room for the lyrics and sentiment of the songs to shine through,” writes Laura Hostelley, writer for soundslikenashvile.com. “Although Brown knows how to keep it personal, his album also contains tracks that provide the perfect soundtrack to driving with the windows down while the breeze flows through.”

Although not all songs are upbeat and happy, the majority of the album makes you want to get up and dance. This album is the perfect way to get those pesky holiday songs out of your head, especially if country music is your thing.

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