EW's holiday CD exchange -- Leah Greenblatt tells you what Christmas gifts to ditch and what to get in return

All the Right Reasons

Hideous reindeer sweaters? Alas, rarely returnable. But unopened CDs are another story. So when well-intentioned friends and family gift you with albums you have — or loathe — think about trading them in (the records, not the relatives) for these recent releases.

IF YOU GOT The latest from the Game, 50 Cent, or the Black Eyed Peas — which you downloaded ages ago EXCHANGE IT FOR Common’s smart, lyrical sixth album, Be (Geffen)

IF YOU GOT Nickelback’s All the Right Reasons, you meat-and-potatoes rocker EXCHANGE IT FOR Queens of the Stone Age’s Over the Years and Through the Woods (Interscope)

IF YOU GOT Carrie Underwood’s so-so Some Hearts, you reality-show softie EXCHANGE IT FOR Nashville Star finalist Miranda Lambert’s Kerosene (Sony Nashville)

IF YOU GOT Ashlee Simpson’s I Am Me — you’re a girl-pop addict, sure, but still picky! EXCHANGE IT FOR Brit Natasha Bedingfield’s infectious, single-packed Unwritten (Epic)

IF YOU GOT Jason Mraz’s Mr. A-Z; oh, the soft strumming of shaggy boys… EXCHANGE IT FOR Andrew Bird’s The Mysterious Production of Eggs (Righteous Babe)

All the Right Reasons
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