Dylan for Christmas, but Critics Concerned
- Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2009 1 Sep
It's official that Bob Dylan is indeed releasing a Christmas record this holiday season, but critics are concerned about what it might sound like. The track listing is split between traditional carols and more modern sounds of the season, but a handful of curious covers already have message boards like
The stir is mostly over tracks like "Must Be Santa" (Hal Moore and Bill Fredricks), "Here Comes Santa Claus" (Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman) and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Buck Ram, Kim Gannon and Walter Kent), familiar favorites but seem more like something Andy Williams would tackle than a 1960s protest poet like Dylan. Speaking of Williams, a recent
MSNBC's Kent Jones takes the sarcasm through the roof with this commentary.
But Hecklerspray.com wins the prize for snarkiest remarks of all: "It promises to tap into the very spirit of Christmas itself—specifically the spirit of answering your door to what you believe are carol singers on Christmas Eve, only to discover that you're actually being serenaded by a tatty-looking homeless man with a mouse in his pocket, a bottle of cheap gin in his hand and more vomit than one human could ever produce on his own down his trousers."
All jabs aside, sales of the October 13 release will benefit Feeding America in hopes of what Dylan says in a statement will bring "food security to people in need."
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