Various A Very Special Acoustic Christmas

Ho ho ho, this sucks. On their Christmas collection, A Very Special Acoustic Christmas, Lost Highway have combined overdone songs with overheard singers to ridiculously bland results. From Reba McEntire singing "Silent Night” to Wynonna’s cut of "O Holy Night,” this album is just void of intrigue enough to make it classic Canadian Tire in-store music for years to come. There are some saving graces on the album though. Earl Scruggs turns a great, banjo infused, instrumental take on "Jingle Bells,” on "Christmas is Near,” Ralph Stanley proves that he could sing the ingredients to dandruff shampoo and make it sound amazing, and Tift Merritt provides an impressively subdued and affecting version of "I’ll be Home for Christmas.” So unless you have been shopping for bug wash recently and were struck by the beautiful music wafting from above, this album might not be for you. (Lost Highway)