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10 CD reviews done in 10 words each:

Xavier Rudd Dark Shades of Blue — Australian activist mixes indigenous instruments with rock for psychedelic groove.

Zac Brown Band The Foundation — Country-fried album finds inspiration in bluegrass, rock and reggae.

Caesars Strawberry Weed — Swedish rockers have ‘60s influence with rough-around-edges style.

Rosie Thomas A Very Rosie Christmas! — A generally traditional Christmas album with moments of quirky fun.

PEAS feat. Rachel Leslie A Christmas Chill — J-Lo’s backup singer tries her vocals over techno-fied traditional songs.

Various Artists We Wish you a Metal Xmas — Hard rockers team up for a heavy take on traditional.

John Mueller, Ray Anthony, Jay Richardson Winter Dance Party — Traditional songs imitated as Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper.

Tony Bennett A Swingin’ Christmas —Big band backs singer’s first holiday disc in 40 years.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra The Ultimate Christmas Collection — 20 tracks of holiday music done in Stray Cats style.

Harry Connick Jr. What a Night! A Christmas Album — Third holiday disc from pianist mixes traditional songs with originals.

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