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Three and a half bells (Jive)

What's on it: A collection of 13 Christmas classics that feature a surprising sophistication and an even more surprising lack of cheese factor.

Joyful noise: Archuleta's range shines — and the classical arrangements are gorgeous — on sings such as "Joy to the World," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "O Holy Night."

Bah, humbug: No complaints, except that Archie's "O Holy Night" high note is not quite as soaring as you might expect.

Perfect for: Quality Christmas music that you and your teen/tween can agree on.