I really don't much care for "modern" makeovers of American holiday classics, but this one caught my ear. Many such recordings feature warbling divas trying to out-warble each other -- much like the endless "improvements" on the national anthem.
When I first heard it -- without knowing a thing about Zee Avi -- I thought that she must be Russian and had given it a traditional Russian folk arrangement -- a sort of "Those Were Days My Friend" lilt. I also thought I could hear Bertold Brecht's "Three Penny Opera."
Do you have any favorite re-recordings of Christmas classics?
added: Sort of the flipside of Zee Avi's mood elevator is Fiona Apple's latest screed: