Bad Religion Christmas Songs
Alternative Press: 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he band sneakÿin little personal touches: the nod to 'I Wanna Be Sedated' that gallivants through their take on Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas'..."
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- Released: October 29, 2013
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Epitaph
Alternative Press3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he band sneakÿin little personal touches: the nod to 'I Wanna Be Sedated' that gallivants through their take on Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas'..."
- 1.Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- 2.O Come All Ye Faithful
- 3.O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- 4.White Christmas
- 5.Little Drummer Boy
- 6.God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- 7.What Child Is This?
- 8.Angels We Have Heard On High
- 9.American Jesus (Andy Wallace Mix)
Personnel: Greg Graffin (vocals); Brett Gurewitz (guitar); Brooks Wackerman (drums).
Audio Mixer: Joe Barresi.
Recording information: Jhoc, Pasadena, CA.
Photographers: Fred Hidalgo; Garland Waller.
Arrangers: Greg Graffin; Brett Gurewitz .
Upon seeing a Bad Religion album titled Christmas Songs, the instinctive reaction would be to assume the band was releasing an album meant to skewer the holiday and the evil corporations that profit from its commercialization. Instead, the album is exactly what it appears to be, with the legendary punk band delivering high energy yet faithful renditions of Christmas classics like "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Little Drummer Boy," and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." Rather than subverting culture, the band goes one step further, subverting the expectations of listeners by performing the songs without irony. Most surprising, however, is how well these songs work with Bad Religion's driving and melodic style and Greg Graffin's distinctive voice, showing that these songs' ability to endure for so long might have more to do with their solid songwriting than with the machinations of any church or corporate entity. ~ Gregory Heaney
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