Christmas In The Heart

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Oct 13, 2009
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 43
  2. Negative: 9 out of 43

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  1. Nov 1, 2013
    10
    The negative reviewers are missing the tongue-in-cheek attitude with which Dylan pulls off this, my favorite of all holiday albums. And if you haven't seen the video for "Must Be Santa" check it out on youtube.
  2. GregJ.
    Oct 18, 2009
    1
    Don't be fooled by the critics - this is the nadir of Dylan;s career. Truly awful!
  3. NickiR.
    Oct 15, 2009
    7
    Not everyone will like this, and if you'll only give it a listen or two, you will never return to it. But after the third time more and more tracks will stand out. Best number from Santa Bob is without a doubt 'Must be Santa'.
  4. TimK.
    Oct 15, 2009
    8
    I'm not much for Christmas albums, but this one stands out!
  5. BruceS
    Oct 14, 2009
    0
    Stupid.
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Apart from the breakneck 'Must Be Santa,' which barrelhouses like a barroom, Dylan doesn't really reinterpret these songs as much as simply play them with his crackerjack road band, dropping in a little flair--restoring "we'll have to muddle through somehow" to 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,' singing the opening of 'O Come All Ye Faithful' in its original Latin--but never pushing tunes in unexpected directions.
  2. It's a decent album with good intentions.
  3. Bob Dylan celebrates the Christmas hit parade the old-fashioned way: He plays it straight, as much as his pitted baritone allows, with a band that mixes David Hidalgo with R&B guitarist Phil Upchurch.