Christmas albums for all the family



FOR DAD

The Beatles box set (in mono or stereo)
The Beatles' remastered albums are an indulgent collector's gift for the member of the family who has everything. At around the £200 mark, they're not cheap so you might want to club together.

Bruce Springsteen: Working on a Dream
His three-hour set at Glastonbury was a hit this year, and Springsteen's latest album – his 16th – was another critical success for the American rock star, an optimistic album heralding the arrival of Obama.

FOR MUM

Lisa Hannigan: Sea Sew
The Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan finally stepped out of the shadows, graduating from a former role as Damien Rice's backing singer when she was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize this year. Her debut album is a gem of folk-rock.

Alela Diane: To Be Still
Alela Diane's second album is an understated collection of serene, melodic folk and pure vocals, with the delicate harmonising of band-members Alina Hardin and her guitarist father. This year, the talented 26-year-old singer-songwriter emerged as a new addition to a burgeoning folk scene that includes Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear.

FOR SISTER

Florence & the Machine: Lungs
Florence Welch won plaudits this year, including her Brits Critics' Choice victory and Mercury Music Prize nomination. She may have been pipped to the Mercury by Speech Debelle, but her debut album, melding harp, rock and powerful vocals in self-styled "melodramatic pop", has fans in young and old alike.

Grizzly Bear: Veckatimest
Jay-Z and Beyoncé have been to see them play, and the Brooklyn band has fans in Paul Simon and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. Their third album, following 'Yellow House', 'Veckatimest' transformed experimental psych-folk rock into one of the breakthrough hits of the year – so you can be sure to impress.

FOR BROTHER

Chipmunk: I Am Chipmunk
One of the most anticipated rap albums of the year. Known to his parents as Jahmaal Noel Fyffe, the Londoner Chipmunk was a grime star before he had even left school. He beat off competition from Jay-Z, Kanye West and Eminem to win a Mobo for best hip-hop act and his debut album entered the charts at Number 2.

Doves: Kingdom of Rust
Coming 20 years into their career, the Manchester trio's fourth album could just be their best yet. Gems such as the epic, Western-feel title track, "Kingdom of Rust", the Krautrock-driven "Jetstream" and the bucolic "Birds Flew Backwards" are the rewards of a work that took two years to craft in the studio. Well worth the four-year wait.

AND, FOR THE UNCLE WHO THINKS HE'S COOL...

Jay-Z: The Blueprint 3
Rap's biggest star, below, returned with a hit album to follow up his Glastonbury victory last year. With guest contributions from stars Rihanna and Kanye West.

The Very Best: Warm Heart of Africa
Super-cool for fans of Vampire Weekend, this uplifting fusion of African pop and electronica is the brainchild of the Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and the French/Swedish production duo Radioclit. Topped with the guest vocals of Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, it's a joyous, genre-spanning album.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Place Blanche, Paris, 1961, shot by Christer Strömholm
photographyHow the famous camera transformed photography for ever
Arts and Entertainment
The ‘Westmacott Athlete’
art
Arts and Entertainment
‘The Royals’ – a ‘twisted, soapy take on England’s first family’
tv Some of the characters appear to have clear real-life counterparts
News
Brooks is among a dozen show-business professionals ever to have achieved Egot status
people
Arts and Entertainment
A cut above: Sean Penn is outclassed by Mark Rylance in The Gunman
film review
Arts and Entertainment
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael

Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight

Arts and Entertainment
A scene from the movie 'Get Hard'
tvWill Ferrell’s new film Get Hard receives its first reviews
Arts and Entertainment
Left to right: David Cameron (Mark Dexter), Nick Clegg (Bertie Carvel) and Gordon Brown (Ian Grieve)
tvReview: Ian Grieve gets another chance to play Gordon Brown... this is the kinder version
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the first look picture from next year's Sherlock special

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Because it wouldn’t be Glastonbury without people kicking off about the headline acts, a petition has already been launched to stop Kanye West performing on the Saturday night

music
Arts and Entertainment
Molly Risker, Helen Monks, Caden-Ellis Wall, Rebekah Staton, Erin Freeman, Philip Jackson and Alexa Davies in ‘Raised by Wolves’

TV review
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Patagonia Special

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Game of Thrones will run for ten years if HBO gets its way but showrunners have mentioned ending it after seven

Game of Thrones
Arts and Entertainment
Mans Zelmerlow will perform 'Heroes' for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

music
Arts and Entertainment
Elizabeth (Heida Reed) and Ross Poldark (Aiden Turner) in the BBC's remake of their 1975 original Poldark

Poldark review
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

    Promises, promises

    But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
    The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

    The death of a Gaza fisherman

    He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
    Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

    Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
    Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

    The only direction Zayn could go

    We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
    Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

    Spells like teen spirit

    A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
    Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

    British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
    Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

    Licence to offend in the land of the free

    Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
    From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

    From farm to fork in Cornwall

    One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
    Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

    Robert Parker interview

    The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

    We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
    How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

    How to make your own Easter egg

    Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
    Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

    Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

    Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
    Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

    Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

    The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
    Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

    Cricket World Cup 2015

    Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
    The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

    Michael Calvin's Last Word

    Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing