from the little snippets i have heard so far, looks like it's going to be a fun Christmas, nice to be able to hear him put fun and laughter into the season of goodwill to all men, including any snide comment maker over this disc, and everyone the chance to feed his fellow man. thanks sir for having the good grace to take nothing for this great gift.
This is an excellent album - full of Christmas cheer and warmth and both serious and humourous. In my opinion, thos who gave it only one star and called it "rubbish" and the like must have cloth ears. Perhaps they are deafened by their own prejudice. They may call themselves Dylan fans but evidently they consider they have the right to dictate to Dylan what he may and may not record. It is valid to say that Self-Portrait was - apart from a couple of tracks - not a very good Dylan album. This one, however: what is wrong with it? Other than being furious that Bob can celebrate Christmas (and give the profits to feed children) with a touch both light and serious, what objection could there be to it? His voice? It's always been a deliberately roughened voice on record, and still is, plus perhaps extra roughened (he used to try to sound like an old man, now he really does sound like one): the point is, though, his actual singing, in my opinion, is better than ever. On this recording, it's warm, humorous, child-like (The Little Drummer Boy) and even serious, as he ends with the lines "Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in" - showing that Dylan, despite what some of his furiously secular "fans" say, is still a Christian, and also is still making excellent music. He's never doen anything quite like this before, but he does it excellently. Yes, ignore the critics: for those who like stars, I'd say this is a four-star album.