Escape holiday hymns with Vampire Weekend — and more.

Pills, Mariah Carey, pop and Beck are all present on these winter releases. “Silent Night,” however, is not.

PHOTO COURTESY XL RECORDINGS

PHOTO COURTESY XL RECORDINGS

Mark Brenden

Christmas break doesn’t exactly offer a wealth of diversity when it comes to musical selections. Whether it’s Nat King Cole , Sufjan Stevens or (as of late) Bob Dylan giving you your dose of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” you are still getting “Hark! The Herald Angel Sing!” ThatâÄôs why A&EâÄôs gathered the most important upcoming releases for when youâÄôve had it up to here with the X-mas traditionals. Eminem ALBUM: âÄúRelapse: RefillâÄù LABEL: Interscope Records RELEASE DATE: Dec. 21 Mothers across America have been hiding their kids from Eminem for a decade now. The last delinquent these suburban moms want their children listening to over the holidays is that shady character, whoâÄôs just so slim. Nobody knows this better than Shady himself, which is likely why he chose four days before Christmas for the release date to his second album of the year. Two discs in one year, Em? ThatâÄôs pretty lucrative after a four-year break in which, apparently, you got fat and addicted to drugs. His hair is brown now, but that’s about all that’s different. May’s “Relapse” saw more of the same from the fresh-off-hiatus Eminem: rhyming prescription drug names we’ve never heard of, unabashedly confessing his drug use/violence to his mother and, yes, mocking Mariah Carey . With his newest collaboration with Dr. Dre “Relapse: Refill,” which is technically a re-release of Em’s last record, we get “refilled” with seven new tracks including “Forever,” which features Drake, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne. The track, save Eminem’s teeth-gnashing explosion of a verse, is the same shabby party hip-hop that the likes of Young Jeezy have made contrived. Vampire Weekend ALBUM: âÄúContraâÄù LABEL: XL Recordings RELEASE DATE: Jan. 12 Last year’s overnight indie sensations Vampire Weekend will give their take on the age-old problem of how to deal with instant success in 2010. If the frenetic, auxiliary percussion-heavy “Cousins” is any indication, the New York boys haven’t cracked under the leviathan weight of initial success that has taken so many good men and women. “Cousins” is not a departure from the charismatic pop that wooed us in ’08 âÄî but we like that. Just as quickly as we snagged the Strokes ‘ near carbon copy to its predecessor “Room on Fire” off the shelves in ’03, so we will rush to the stores to pick up our favorite J.Crew -adorning indie-popster’s new clone. Charlotte Gainsbourg ALBUM: âÄúIRMâÄù LABEL: Self-released RELEASE DATE: Jan. 19 The French chanteuse Charlotte Gainsbourg, recovering from a cerebral hemorrhage she experienced after a water skiing accident, will be releasing a full-length during the tail end of our winter break. GainsbourgâÄôs luscious 2006 release âÄú5:55âÄù made her a criticâÄôs sweetheart. In âÄúIRM,âÄù which is French for MRI, everybody’s favorite alt rocker Beck is slated as producer, but it looks like he’s got his hands all over this thing âÄî he penned all the music, co-wrote the lyrics, produced it and mixed it. The MySpace-leaked first single, called “Heaven Can Wait,” is a lyrical duet with jerky percussion and chiming keys. Who is she singing with? I’ll give you a hint. Uh … yeah, it’s Beck.