Jimmy Buffett, who turns 50 on Christmas Day, turns out his third album in 18 months with "Christmas Island" (Margaritaville/MCA). Among the pop and rock standards, his originals are among the weakest songs.
The a cappella group, The Bobs, exude a lightness that's often missing from holiday fare. "Too Many Santas" (Rounder) is filled with funny original songs, from "Fifty Kilowatt Tree" and "Christmas in L.A." to the heartfelt "All I Want for Christmas" as well as some well-chosen chestnuts.
Much more poignant than intended, "Tiny Tim's Christmas Album" (Rounder) presents Herbert Khaury, whose stage name was lifted from "A Christmas Carol," doing his falsetto (and baritone) on a number of holiday ditties, along with church classics and a little bit of sermonizing on what will be his final album.