Look, we know it’s only October 17, and Halloween still hasn’t worn out its welcome, and you still haven’t thought about which family members you’re going to avoid on Thanksgiving this year.
But whether you like it or not, you’re going to have to get into the Christmas spirit, because there’s a bevy of high-profile holiday albums on the horizon both expected (Michael Bublé), welcome (She & Him), and entirely out of left field (Scott Weiland).
Of all the Christmas records that will be flooding the market over the next few months, the one that has the potential to both do big business and make tween girls reconsider what to put in their letters to Santa belongs to Justin Bieber.
Under the Mistletoe, his collection of Christmas tunes both old and new, will be released to stores on November 1 and then immediately put into heavy rotation while you comb the racks at Macy’s. The album’s first single, the reggae-kissed “Mistletoe,” is now available, with the video premiering tomorrow on MTV. Give the song a well-tinseled spin after the jump.
First thing’s first: Bieber’s voice continues to change, but his transition appears to be going down smooth. It probably helps that he hasn’t suddenly become a basso profondo the way that John Francis Daly did between Freaks and Geeks and Bones.
Plus, as far as Christmas songs go, “Mistletoe” has a nice Jack Johnson-esque Santa-in-a-Speedo type of vibe to it, which is a pleasant departure from your uncle’s band’s version of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Between this and the duet with Mariah Carey on the greatest Christmas song ever written, Under the Mistletoe has a good chance at being a recurring classic (though remember that the album also contains an appearance from Busta Rhymes, which is rarely good luck for anybody).
In other Bieber news, he apparently loves all holidays, as he’ll be hanging out with Ryan Seacrest on New Year’s Eve.
What do you think of “Mistletoe”? Leave your holly-wrapped thoughts in the comments.
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