Various Artists

Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Christmas

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Don't take the title of Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Christmas too literally. Though there are a number of new wave artists here -- XTC, Squeeze and the Pretenders among them -- the album actually plays like an alternative rock collection, reaching back to the notorious David Bowie & Bing Crosby duet on "Little Drummer Boy" to the Pogues and Throwing Muses. Of course, that complaint isn't a serious one -- the music on Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Christmas is entertaining and several tracks are genuine alternative rock classics. More importantly, most of the material on the disc is very rare, so the album functions as a convient way to gather an abundence of offbeat new wave and alternative tracks. The record doesn't really gel into a cohesive listening experience, but as a grab-bag sampler, it's fun.

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