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This is exactly what is says it is: Christmas Songs performed by the punk group Bad Religion. Anyone expecting some sort of subversion of the holiday classics will be disappointed. However, for those who enjoy Greg Graffin's clean and concise vocals, note-perfect harmonies, and the band's usual crunchy guitar tone—and who also like these familiar and tuneful seasonal songs—this is a rockin’ Xmas offering. The band doesn’t shirk from the songs' religious connotations, nor does it stop from adding a hard rock guitar solo to “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Only “American Jesus” (here in its mix by Andy Wallace, whose name is synonymous with mixing Slayer and Nirvana) breaks with tradition. Elsewhere, “Little Drummer Boy” works with the rhythmic possibilities. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” ramps up the velocity. “What Child Is This?” further breaks past the speed limit, running neck and neck with the equally speedy “Angels We Have Heard on High.” What becomes most evident by album’s end is just how strong these songs are, and how their melodies are truly timeless and gorgeous no matter how they’re presented.

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They could sing the phonebook and I’d buy it.

An Atheist Punk Band playing Christian Christmas carols? I LOVE IT!

As an ex-Catholic recently turned atheist myself, I have to admit I still love Christmas. When I heard this album, it awoke a feeling inside me I was afraid might be lost for good: The Christmas Spirit. This album holds the mirror up to atheists and religious alike to remind us that the holiday season doesn't belong to the religious alone. We can all enjoy the largely pagan rituals we use to celebrate the myth of the birth of Jesus. Bad Religion has long held the mirror up to the hypocrisy of America, and I can predict that this album may anger militant Christians and militant Atheists alike! However, for an atheist like me, this album is just the encouragement I needed. Thanks to Bad Religion and this album, I now realize that I can still listen to Christmas carols and enjoy Christmas celebrations and not have to feel like an outsider. Now, let me go rock out to some "O Come All Ye Faithful."


My favorite aspect of this entire record is that there is not an ounce of cynicism in Greg's delivery. These songs flow so naturally for BR because, well, their entire song catalog references these types of hymns, especially with their sophisticated vocal harmonies. I wish they included "I Saw The Light" from their Christmas show back in the day. I know it's not X-mas but I think it would have been better than closing the record with a twist, "American Jesus." We don't need a reminder of who Bad Religion really is. 20 years of listening to you guys and I never expected this album to be made. Thank you.


Formed: 1980 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

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

Out of all of the Southern Californian hardcore punk bands of the early '80s, Bad Religion stayed around the longest. For over a decade, they retained their underground credibility without turning out a series of indistinguishable records that all sound the same. Instead, the band refined its attack, adding inflections of psychedelia, heavy metal, and hard rock along the way, as well as a considerable dose of melody. Between their 1982 debut and their first major-label record, 1993's Recipe for Hate,...
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