Bob Dylan – Christmas In The Heart (Columbia, 2009)

Nick: It’s very hard to know how to judge this.

do you think of it as a Christmas album?

if so it’s not bad, most Christmas hymns are just really ditties, so there’s not much to work with.

or do you look at it as a Bob Dylan album?

because in that case it’s not very good.

some folks have said it’s all a joke, that he’s being ironic.

I don’t agree with that.

either does Bob.

{track 6: Little Drummer Boy}

like this is one of my favorite Christmas songs, one of the classics.

and this is not my favorite version.

I don’t think he adds anything to it.

it’s interesting, his voice is becoming more and more like Louis Armstrong.

I wish Louis Armstrong was actually singing this, he’d put a lot more into it.

also the mixture of really sort of classic Christmas hymns and you know, popular Christmas…show songs I guess, doesn’t work.

Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas next to O Come All Ye Faithful just doesn’t fit.

wait, isn’t he a Jew?

he converted to Christianity in the 80’s.

{track 10: Must Be Santa}

so far this is the best!

well it was the single.

this is fun, party music, the only one that’s worked so far.

the rest sit between sickly sentimental stuff and badly sung hymns.

if the whole album was like this I’d actually buy it.

now, this is very difficult to express but…

I don’t know if this because we all know who Bob Dylan is but I’m listening to the lyrics more and it shows the songs up as the crappy ditties that they are.

if this was any commercial choir and orchestra Christmas album you wouldn’t pay attention to the lyrics but he makes you listen.

{track 13: Christmas Island}

that is a really awful song.

this album falls between five stools.


I think we’ll be sticking to A Charlie Brown Christmas for our dinner listening. Merry Christmas to all you guys! See you in January.


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