My husband and I have uber-opposite music tastes — it is one of the subjects we get really annoyed with one another about. However for many years now, one of the Albums we both agree is brilliant is Pink Martini’s Sympathique. If you don’t know Pink Martini — they are a Portland-based group who do ‘lounge’ music inspired from various music genres and styles. Often doing covers but in such a great, fresh way (bit like Nouvelle Vague, whom I also love).
Their new Christmas album, Joy To The World, is everything you want from a Christmassy album — jazzy, stylish and suitably jingly and their version of White Christmas (Part 1) might even beat Bing’s (I know it is almost sacrilege to say that but it is seriously beautiful!).