Bob Dylan
Christmas in the Heart


2.5
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Review

by Athom EMERITUS
October 12th, 2009 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Everyone's favorite wheezy troubadour gets a little X-mas spirit.

All the great icons in American popular culture have put their own stamp on the tacky yuletide classic that is the Christmas album. With the release of his 47th album, Christmas In the Heart, Bob Dylan has now reached the same iconic stature as American luminaries such as Alvin and the Chipmunks, Larry the Cable Guy, and whoever the fuck wrote “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”. Well, he does manage to dispel the thought of this being a cash in as Bob Dylan will be donating his royalties from Christmas In the Heart to the World Food Programme, Crisis UK and Feed America, and regardless of if the album is good or not, helping feed the needy is always a commendable act.

Sadly, the charitable aspect of Christmas in the Heart is its only real positive. Christmas in the Heart contains every negative aspect of holiday music, most notably the tepid choirs and the bland arrangements. Bar Dylan's asthmatic bullfrog croaks it has everything that you'd expect to find under it's faux-Currier and Ives album cover. The only times Christmas in the Heart shows off any real personality is on his polka rendition of “Must Be Santa Claus” with its clamoring pace and gratuitous accordion showcase. The worst aspect of Christmas in the Heart has to be Dylan himself. His seedy, bluesy wheezing brings to mind a lot of things, but the holidays just aren't one. Despite the fact that for the first time in a long while it actually sounds like Dylan is having some fun in the studio, that doesn't make up for him sounding like a drunken emphysemic septuagenarian caroler on his last breath.

For anyone thinking that Christmas in the Heart would be a serious effort they are bound to be disappointed, but for those that want to hear everybody's favorite Jew awkwardly belt out a few Christmas classics for charity it's at least worth a listen. Sure it's not that good, but there are a million and one other holiday themed albums out there that are worse than Christmas in the Heart.



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Athom
Emeritus
October 12th 2009


17240 Comments


I guess this officially marks the start of the holiday shopping season.

Gyromania
October 12th 2009


25902 Comments


great review, pos.

i love the holidays and carols and such, however, i think i'll be avoiding this one. i am hoping that the trans siberian orchestra put something new out this year.

LepreCon
October 12th 2009


5451 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bing Crosby put out the best Christmas album ever, no question

Kiran
Emeritus
October 12th 2009


6027 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

awesome review

pizzamachine
October 12th 2009


13866 Comments


"i am hoping that the trans siberian orchestra put something new out this year"

They're releasing 'Night Castle' this year near the end of October. It won't be a Christmas album though.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
October 12th 2009


4970 Comments


nah it'll be classical prog metal dude yeah!

bliddleditbliddledit waaaahh waaaahh

jagride
October 12th 2009


2899 Comments


Possibly the best album i've heard, and i've heard every dragonforce album

Athom
Emeritus
October 12th 2009


17240 Comments


lulz

PanasonicYouth
October 12th 2009


7413 Comments


=(
poor dylan

Athom
Emeritus
October 12th 2009


17240 Comments


told ya, bro.

PanasonicYouth
October 12th 2009


7413 Comments


i still haven't heard it tho
and you made me not want to hear it
plus its freaking october

Athom
Emeritus
October 12th 2009


17240 Comments


yeah, it's a little early.

EasternLight
October 12th 2009


2710 Comments


what i dont get this.

Athom
Emeritus
October 12th 2009


17240 Comments


what's not to get?

qwe3
October 12th 2009


21814 Comments


dude the summary made me laugh so hard.

Meatplow
October 21st 2009


5524 Comments


Together Through Life was so boring

ninjacat11
October 22nd 2009


233 Comments


Okay, what? I dig Bob Dylan, but what?

JesusV4
October 27th 2009


391 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The proceeds of this album go to charity.



I thought it was shameless til I heard that much.



Now I think it's pretty cool he did it.



And I've heard that the songs are written in some interesting old standard blues forms.



May not be that bad. If you don't mind Bob Dyln croaking like a bulfrog. But who listens to Dylan for his voice???

Gaseous
November 17th 2009


2 Comments


Hope your wrong I loves me some Bob Dylan

shindip
December 4th 2009


3536 Comments


this sounds absolutely awful : 0



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