Christmas in the Heart hit the shelves this week and I gave it a listen. At least as much as I could stand. Dylan, known more as a songwriter than an actual singer, just belts out the songs straight, without even really adding a Dylan style to it. You can even understand almost all of the words. (Okay, we already know the words, but you know what I mean.)
The new album, with all royalties being donated to anti-hunger charities (the best thing about it), features such classics as "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Silver Bells," "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and "Winter Wonderland."
I've never been a big Bob Dylan fan and this album isn't going to help win me over, but there are a lot of his songs that I never turn off if they come on the radio. Songs like "All Along the Watchtower," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Highway 61 Revisited" and "Lay, Lady, Lay" among them.
Dylan, with his band, will be appearing at the Fox Theatre on Friday, November 6th. Reviews of his current concert tour indicate that he ignores songs from his new album. Even though it will be getting closer to the holiday season, let's hope that he continues with that approach when he comes to Detroit.
No offense Bob, but a Dylan Christmas Album sounds more like a Saturday Night Live sketch than a real item. "Heeere, comes Santaaaa Clauuuussss...sleighing down Highway 61."