Thursday, October 15, 2009

Um...

I honestly don't know what to think about this. I mean, it's Bob Dylan's Christmas album. That's not a phrase that, before a few months ago, I thought would ever be writ, save perhaps in jest. Maybe it still is a joke, I don't know. I mean, it is Dylan. He's generally done well by confounding expectations of him, and this is indeed unexpected. It's also pretty good, I guess. I mean, I don't really like Christmas albums, except for a two-week period at the end of every year, which I call "Christmastime," or "The Hallydays," but this does sound good. I may even buy it, to listen to it during those crucial two weeks. Many of the tracks to which I've listened to the samples could easily be my favorite version of those songs. Bob's still an excellent singer (yes, he is) and producer, even if those are the only things going on here. The backing chorus sounds terrific, and the instrumentation is good. Bob's good (the piano on most of the tracks sounds like him). It's just... weird. Maybe the weird thing is how it sounds like it makes sense, like it doesn't know how weird it is. It's apparently for a good cause (the proceeds all go to charity), and a Christmas album is a pretty easy way to sell a boatload of records without the hassle of writing any songs, but for myself I can't help but wonder if it's beneath him. As of earlier this year, he was still making good original music. Couldn't he have spent more time, y'know, doing that, if he didn't put out a Christmas album? I don't know. Maybe I'll check back with you closer to the Hallydays.

4 comments:

Elsa said...

Mariel (who HATES Dylan) got this for our dad (who LOVES Dylan) who, predictably, loves it despite the current unseasonableness. We are planning a classicist/Dylan-fan Christmas comparison of the artist's English and Latin pronunciation on Adeste Fideles. To quote my father: "As you know his pronunciation of English is suspect."

D.Cous. said...

Hi, Elsa!

I was thinking the same thing about Dylan's Latin! I love your father's response. Classic.

Is there really a correct way to pronounce Latin, though? I mean, you pronounce some English words differently when you're singing them, depending on the type of music. If the Romans had conquered 20th Century Minnesota, maybe everyone's Latin would sound more like that, don't ya know.

Lindsey said...

I want to go to there.

I LOVE it. LOVE. HA HA HA HA HA!!!

John Lynch said...

Yeah, this is great. Half the tracks sound like totally incongruous, WTF versions of Christmas classics. The other half are totally incongruous, WTF versions of Christmas classics that are also the best versions available. I would totally put this on during Festivus season.