Album reviews in 30 seconds or less.
Under The Mistletoe
Sounds Like: The 17-year-old superstar’s second record (ever) is a Christmas album with guest spots from Usher, Mariah, Boyz II Men and Busta—this world is weird.
Free Association: Buy this to guarantee he vacations with Selena Gomez as he wishes.
For Fans Of: David Archuleta x Zac Efron, Jonas Brothers, hip-hopped carols.
Sounds Like: Chip Davis has electrified classical music with synths and symphonies for decades, pumping out new-agey, corny versions of classics year after year.
Free Association: Hard to imagine a family that would collectively dig this, but fun to try.
For Fans Of: Kraftwerk x Yanni, Jars of Clay, family Star Trek viewing parties.
F*ck That! Erin McKeown’s Anti-Holiday Album
Sounds Like: The perfect balance to a month of listening to the same, tired versions of all the same songs—a batch of hilariously liberal and potty-mouthed holiday diatribes.
Free Association: Tie favorites—“Itsa Very Queer Christmas” or “Visions I Had While High.”
For Fans Of: Ani DiFranco x Neko Case + Feist, awkward family moments (stoned).
PW's Music Issue 2014