Various Artists

Think Global: World Christmas

World Music Network; August 2007

Do you love the Christmas season but find that the sound of sleigh bells jingling is already making your stomach churn? Whether you lay the blame on retailers who start playing holiday tunes in October or just the fact that no one’s come up with a good yuletide jingle since the 1950s, there’s finally a cure for your woesand most of it isn’t in English. This CD, benefiting Oxfam, features nearly an hour of Christmas tunes most of us have never heard from places like Moscow, Bulgaria, Brazil, and Puerto Rico. With danceable Latin rhythms, groovy African jams, and the world’s most unintelligible version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” World Christmas squashes any fruitcake-y feelings you’re harboring this season.

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