The sound of Bobby D’s Christmas might be a bit off at times, like a town drunk nasally caroling down the street. It might be outlandishly kitsch. It certainly has it’s precious warm moments. Most of all, “Christmas In The Heart” is a hilarious good time. I’m not a surefire Dylan fan as I made clear in a list of my favorite things about Dylan, and his voice continues at a deliberate speed into the great blown. That’s hardly the same man who sang “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” for Peckinpah’s “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid.”
A long way from his shaky, weird, gorgeous croon of the 60’s that we know and love, but the guy’s 68 years old. Give him a break, let him sing some Christmas tunes, he’s earned it. I can’t imagine Bobby D fans giving this record the cold shoulder unless they’re some kind of radical baby Jesus haters – which may be the case.
It should be noted that all proceeds from “Christmas In The Heart” go to feed the hungry. That’s a pretty good reason to get into the spirit of the whacky ballad “Christmas Island” and sing along in your PJ’s wielding a hot mug of eggnog to and fro.
Check out some right on commentary and song clips from Fresh Air:
“Christmas In The Heart” album and charity info.