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Your unexpectedly good Christmas carol of the day is Shelby Earl's 'We Three Kings'

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Sometime in the past few years, people have figured out how dreary and boring most Christmas music is, judging by the surprising number of tolerable–or even enjoyable–holiday recordings that have come out this season. (The timing could have been related to the recent entry of “All I Want for Christmas is You” into the yuletide canon.)

Amazon’s recently helped raise the bar a notch with a compilation of Christmas songs recorded by hipster-friendly acts like Escort, Beth Orton, and the Flaming Lips with Yoko Ono, as well as a handful of new compositions, including one by Liz PhairAll is Bright is exclusive to Amazon Prime members using the Amazon Music platform, but the company’s let a few tracks out into the wild, including Seattle troubadour Shelby Earl doing a rootsy and unexpectedly dark rendition of “We Three Kings” that makes the 150-year-old carol pop to life.

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