A whopping 34 studio albums in to his career and Bob Dylan finally gets around to recording a Christmas album (although, being Jewish, it’s probably more of a surprise that he did one at all). Appropriately self-produced under Dylan’s knob twiddling pseudonym Jack Frost, Christmas In The Heart is a charitable collection of hymns and carols reworked with Dylan’s signature croaky vocal, released in… 2009!?
So how the hell has it achieved ‘classic’ status already? Perhaps it’s the lush production. Or perhaps it’s because it’s Bob Dylan, for Chrissakes. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the fact that the pissed-up party vibe of Must Be Santa and Dylan’s own drunk grandpa-esque performance hits home a damn sight harder than imaginary chestnuts roasting on a radiator. Keep it real.
BUY: Bob Dylan - Christmas In The Heart