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!).