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Sure, Bob Dylan’s a folk hero, a man interested in songs that stand the test of time. Over the years, he’s become quite enamored with his backing band, who can recreate the pre-rock ‘n’ roll-era roadhouse blues without a pause. So in 2009, with a voice made of sandpaper, Bob Dylan can be a crooner of tunes such as “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” “O’ Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)” and “Silver Bells” and croon as peculiarly as he’s been known to sing, with notes disappearing, phrases rephrased and a ton of personal joy tucked in the performance. Only Dylan would sound like he’s clearing his throat at the onset of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Backing singers, a prominent element on records from Bob’s childhood, chase him down the holiday aisles. This won’t be everyone’s idea of a holiday item, but for Dylan fans, accustomed to the bard’s unusual turns of inspiration, Christmas In the Heart is one more way-out gift from an American treasure.

Customer Reviews

It's not meant to win X Factor!!!!

I keep playing this and I still can't believe my luck! Like Keith Moon doing 'Don't worry baby' or The Pogues doing 'Eve of Destruction' there is something about this that is morbidly captivating. All my favourite Christmas songs sang by someone who is like a whisky sodden Uncle at midnight mass.I will play this with pride every Christmas for the rest of my life and when I've stopped smiling at the randomness of it all will try to convince everyone else in the room that I'm not joking!!! Here's to volume 2 next year!

Full of Christmas spirit

Maybe only truly essential for fans and completists but Dylan has donated all of his royalties for this album in perpetuity to shelter charities, so surely it's worth paying for a listen? It is. Many good takes on classic Christmas songs and hymns recorded with the same band as on Dylan's last album (the truly wonderful 'Together Through Life'). It is clearly not a question of the band quickly knocking out a backing track for each track; the arrangements are carefully constructed and Dylan himself is in good voice and sounds to be having a ball. Try it, you might like it.


Fantastic, surreal, bizarre. And that's all in addition to playing Xmas tunes in mid October.


Born: 24 May 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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