Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Bob Dylan - Christmas In The Heart (2009)

Hark the herald angels sing....


Released November 2009

Running time 42.11


1. Here Comes Santa Claus
2. Do You Hear What I Hear?
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
5. I'll Be Home For Christmas
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. The Christmas Blues
8. Adeste Fideles (Oh Come All Ye Faithful)
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
10. Must Be Santa
11. Silver Bells
12. The First Noel
13. Christmas Island
14. The Christmas Song
15. O Little Town Of Bethlehem                         

I really don't know what to make of this album. Parts of it are quirkily appealing, such as Adeste Fideles (Oh Come All Ye Faithful) and Hark The Herald Angels Sing, which has Dylan croaking his way through two favourite carols of mine. The First Noel is a nice one too. Be warned, though, his voice is desperately wheezy throughout and these recordings will certainly not appeal to the Michael BublĂ©/Rod Stewart Christmas album market. Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem is not quite so good, Dylan just about making it to the end. The carols are generally ok, though. For me, where the thing falls down is on execrable slices of Christmas cheese like Here Comes Santa Claus and Must Be Santa. I find these pretty much unlistenable, like a drunken old Grandad doing a turn in the lounge on Christmas day.

Look, I know Dylan is clearly having a good time doing this and if he wants to do it, fair enough, he has every right to do so and it remains a genuine oddity of a Christmas album.


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