Bob Dylan – Christmas In The Heart

(Flawless Records)

I’m pretty sure Bob Dylan could record himself hurting a llama for 45 minutes and a certain section of the population would hail it as “an amazing display of evocative and confrontational songwriting prowess.” I know it’s not really kosher to be overly critical of charity albums (all profits go to help the World Food Programme) and I know you gotta set the bar lower when criticizing Christmas records, and I’ve had a long history of barely tolerating mister Dylan, but honestly, was anybody really begging for 45 minutes of Bob gargling his intestines through 15 ancient, cornball Christmas standards? Everything on the album is so syrupy and over-produced, Dylan’s presence is like throwing a dying horse into the debutante’s ball.

— Patrick Canning