Songs For Christmas
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
With plans to release a record themed for each one of the 50 states, Sufjan Stevens wears his ambition on his sleeve, but a five-disc set of holiday music is impressive even by his standards. Stevens swings from melancholic chestnuts like "O Come O Come Emmanuel" and the coyly-titled "What Child Is This Anyway?" to bouncy originals like "Get Behind Me, Santa!" and "Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" His varied moods come off with ease, making this a great stocking stuffer -- especially if the stocking is argyle and made by American Apparel.