by Jeff Hahne
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-Los 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 singers 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.