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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Must be Santa!!!

I don't yet own this recording (expecting it as a gift), but if you're not sold on the idea alone, go to bobdylan.com and watch the "Must be Santa" video. It's a hoot.

posted by Laphroaig on October 1, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Re-born Again Bob?

This sounds vocally at times like a cross between Tom Waits, Chris Gaffney, and Captain Beefheart. Yet, never as good as this triumvirate individually.

"Christmas In The Heart" is a charming gift from an American icon whose heart is in the right place. After all, pro...
This sounds vocally at times like a cross between Tom Waits, Chris Gaffney, and Captain Beefheart. Yet, never as good as this triumvirate individually.

"Christmas In The Heart" is a charming gift from an American icon whose heart is in the right place. After all, profits are going to charity.

It sort of works on material which is light and upbeat such as "Christmas Island". However, I cannot hear this song without being drawn to hear Leon Redbone's version.

Let's be thankful that "O Holy Night" wasn't attempted. This seems like a project that would have been best suited for Bob if attempted during his "Nashville Skyline" period. Remember, that really was Bob Dylan crooning "Lay Lady Lay" back then.

Given the current voice Bob has to work with, I would have gone with arrangements sporting a New Orleans, Muscle Shoals, and/or Bluegrass flair. Remember how good the instrumental backing was on "Slow Train Coming" and "Blood On The Tracks"?

Recommended for the more than casual and completist Dylan fan.

posted by Dusty_Keg on October 1, 2010

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Shocking Move by Bob (to anyone who hasn't been paying attention...)

    Yes, Virginia, Bob Dylan has made a Christmas album. When he released "Together Through Life" so "quickly" after 2006's "Modern Times," THAT was kind of surprising, but to have another album released in the same year -- yes, that WAS shocking. That he had recorded a HOLIDAY album was also a stunner, and Bobfans were stymied for months trying to figure out if it was a joke, and if it was, what Bob's angle was. But what shouldn't have been shocking was the result -- a completely sincere collection of holiday standards, performed in the style that Bob grew up with in the 1940s and 1950s. Bob plays it completely straight here; there's no squint in his eye or sarcasm in his voice, whether he's tackling the reverent "Do You Hear What I Hear?" or rolling with the raucus polka "Must Be Santa." The music is impeccably performed and produced (by Bob himself), and Bob's gravel-like vocals are supplemented quite charmingly by smooth background singers. Ah, yes, Bob's voice ... there's no doubt that it has been reduced nearly to dust by decades of touring and smoking, but he gives it his all, and the effect (except for a couple of tracks where he just can't make it) is winning. It certainly helps if you are already a Dylan fan, particularly of his last decade of work, but I think even non-fans could enjoy this. If you buy it and DON'T like it, well, all of Bob's royalties now and forevermore will go to a charity that feeds the hungry -- and if that ain't the Christmas spirit, what is?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not Bad at all for a 1st Christmas Album.

    Bob Dylan definitely shines exclusively on his personal sleigh ride musicality take of sheer lilting voice happily strained ,but in joyful clarity of adjoining fun sounding music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bob Dylan's Christmas Album

    First of all, you have to "get" Dylan. If you do, you will appreciate this CD. I think it is great!

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