The local mall is already decorating for Christmas, so we can start thinking about it too. Besides, the new Christmas albums have already hit the stores. Here's what's new this year.

While there aren't many high-profile Christian artists in this year's list of eleven new Christmas albums, there's no shortage in variety or holiday ambience. There's plenty of diversity, with Christmas favorites performed on everything from Australian didgeridoo to vintage synthesizers. And there's quite a generational span, from twenty-somethings (Relient K) to seventy-somethings (Andy Griffith, Blind Boys of Alabama). With all that considered, there's bound to be a new holiday release for your tastes to celebrate the season.

Rivertribe | The Blind Boys of Alabama | Steven Curtis Chapman
Integrity's iWorship—A Total Christmas Worship Experience
Andy Griffith | Joy Electric | The Katinas | Kathy Mattea
Relient K | T.D. Jakes | John Tesh


Christmas (Elevate/Inpop)
Modern instrumental world music

After developing an international following out of their homeland in Australia, Rivertribe made its American debut with an instrumental worship album in 2002. It seems a bit soon to follow up with a Christmas project, but it is the time of year when people are more open to instrumental music. Rivertribe's world music blends keyboards and African percussion with unconventional instruments like the light harp, Native American flutes, and Australia's distinctive didgeridoo, resembling the ethereal and eclectic work of Apt.Core, Afro-Celt Sound System, Enigma, and Moby. The unique sound transforms and expands upon Christmas classics such as "The First Noel," "Little Drummer Boy," "Silent Night," "and "I Saw Three Ships." Rivertribe appropriately ...

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