If there’s one Christmas album to pick up this year, it’s Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album. All of the original cast and the second season newcomers bang out this fantastic 12-track album. There are some straightforward covers, some completely new arrangements, and then of course some glorious holy numbers.

The Christmas Album spiritedly begins with Amber Riley’s beautifully toned first verse of “We Need a Little Christmas.” This particular song is fairly new to me, but the arrangement and the vocals so wonderfully capture the grandeur and spirit of Christmas. The song has all these old references, but the need for the joy of Christmas is a timeless emotion that this song so wonderfully encapsulates.

The pop mix of “Deck the Halls” makes my shoulders move. The modern choir-assisted ad libs give it that uncanny Glee feel. Jenna Ushkowitz, Corey Monteith, Amber Riley, and Lea Michelle throw down the gauntlet with such ferocity in this version. No other rendition in recent years can even come close to this. Just as strong is “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” a song I’d never think to listen to outside of the classic stop-motion Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but the brilliant folks at Glee saw what a great track it is. The softness of Chord Overstreet’s voice adds a lovely texture to the song.

There are a couple of solos and duets on the album, the first of which is by Lea Michelle, singing one of my absolute favorite Carpenters’ songs, “Merry Christmas, Darling.” The classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is sung by none other than the divine Chris Colfer and newbie Darren Criss. These two really show how a classic duet is done. This version sticks to the original’s soft jazz arrangement that simply calls for a slow dance.

The jazzy “Jingle Bells” by the men of Glee puts a fun spin on the classic, but for those seeking a more holy experience from the album, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” will absolutely be what you need to feel the holy spirit. The ladies of Glee have this mostly a cappella track, Jenna Ushkowitz and Dianna Agron adding lovely textures to the backup vocals. Amber Riley once again leads the song with a meaningful first verse. Naya Rivera takes it up, and Lea Michelle finishes the job. “Angels We Have Heard on High” is a wonderful gospel version of the track, and Amber Riley handles the entire song with a beautiful choir behind her.

What’s so special about Glee in the first place is its breadth of talent. Each individual voice has something special about it, but they are expertly directed to blend together in rousing choruses. There are tracks on here that you wouldn’t expect to find on a typical Christmas album by a solo artist. If you’re having trouble getting in the Christmas spirit, this album is just what you need.