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Christmas Songs

Bad ReligionAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 29, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B00ERH15WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Who better to help you celebrate that most wonderful time of the year than holiday favorites Bad Religion? Bad Religion have threatened to record an album of seasonal classics for years, and now they've gone and done it, tackling eight chestnuts in their classic punk rock style. From "White Christmas" with its nod to pioneers The Ramones, to the glorious choirboy intro to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," Christmas Songs is the record you need to get your holiday household's toes tapping.

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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised and pleased by the positive reception so far October 29, 2013
By Frost
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I understand that this misses "the mark" for many BR fans. For context, I have been a BR fan for 21 years now; over half of my life. Anyone who owns more than one of their albums already knows their stance on things.

With all of that out of the way, here is what I like... The album is fast and tight and sounds like BR. We didn't all have a wretched child-hood and these songs make me think about Christmas as a kid. I look forward to having it play this coming season. I saw them play Silent Night live what seems like over a decade ago and they joked about Christmas tunes then. I was surprised that an entire album followed.

One of the prior reviewers mentioned joy at lulling in family and "hitting them with American Jesus". We spent a good portion of life looking down our nose at that "segment" of the populace while complaining of their lack of tolerance. Let's not do the same. Not everyone else has to believe as we do, and they are not more or less intelligent for it; this is the tolerance that we sought and should share.

Regardless of your beliefs, this is a solid offering. Take care of yourselves and someone else.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Most Excellent: October 31, 2013
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Given the nature of BR, this is obviously an odd choice for them to deliver. However, knowing that they're also capitalists (and I'm all for that!) I can see several of these songs being used in movies and TV in the coming years which will earn them additional royalties... from public domain music. My question to those who think that BR made this out of spite: Do you think they made it to be ironic or to cover songs that will net them a relatively easy profit?

I'll get the bad out of the way first. Why 4 and not 5 stars? 2 reasons:
1. White Christmas in the middle of the set-list disrupts the flow of the album. I think it's a great Ramones tribute, and this would have been better served as being the ending track, replacing American Jesus (re-mixed, but barely noticeable).
2. The deletion of Silent Night. While a mainstay in their Christmastime live performances, I was shocked to see it not make the set-list. Perhaps they thought fans have heard it enough? It's too bad, because I was hoping to hear a cleaned-up arrangement of the song.

The good:
Not just song, but the verse selection makes this delivery outstanding. Many traditional Christmas hymns contain multiple verses dealing with the triumphant entry of Christ to the world. The story of Christmas is the story of the Bible: Jesus coming to earth to save people from Satan. The song, "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" makes it specifically clear that this is a cry for help. This (and most Christmas hymns) are not feel-good songs about getting egg nog and shopping for gifts at the local mall, but rather, a call to "Ransom captive Israel...From depths of Hell Thy people save, And give them victory o'er the grave!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff from the guys as usual November 2, 2013
By BC
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You gotta love the irony and the charity that benefits from this album. My only wish is that it was longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun December 31, 2013
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After hearing an interview on NPR regarding this collection we had to have it. It delivers the joy and fun promised by the picture on the cover. A great change of pace from the usual slow solemn overproduced fair found everywhere in this genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A few good songs carry the album. December 18, 2013
By Amersoc
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I appreciate the delicious irony in Bad Religion making a punk Christmas album that strives to keep Christ in Jesus-mas.

However, there are a number of drawbacks. The first is the difficult transition from Christmas carol to punk rock anthem. Few bands have been able to do it well. I present, as one of the rare triumphs in this area, the German band Die Toten Hosen (alias Die Roten Rosen) and their Christmas album "Wir Warten Auf's Christkind" which skillfully incorporates bells and cymbals to give an authentic Christmas feel to the music. Die Roten Rosen ventured into other genres than Bad Religion's iconic SoCal sound, like reggae and ska. They also sung several covers of popular secular Christmas tunes.

There are several tunes on the album which carry the rest. American Jesus is included--how could we forget that one?--but it seems to have been added on as an afterthought, and chances are you're not going to be playing it in front of your more devout family until they've had a couple of glasses of holiday wine. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, served with a heaping helping of "oozin' ahs", is my favorite song on this album. That song now *belongs* to Bad Religion, permanently. I feel like Graffin totally enjoyed singing the song, and I love the way he enunciates at the beginning of the second and third verses. Angels We Have Heard On High is a close second, with O Come, O Come Emmanuel coming in third.

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing begins this album's slide into mediocrity. The choral beginning sets up a punk rock second and third verse surprise that just doesn't meet expectations. (Hail the son of righteous knees, indeed.) O Come, All Ye Faithful sounds like a demo.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars hmm.... my turn !
To the guy who called BR capitalist (which is completely false) this album was done around Christmas to earn easy profit because they wanted to raise money for a few charitable... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ALH
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Christmas Classic
Crank this one up and listen to it a few times. The first time I listened I didn't know what to think; My favorite church hymns getting shredded. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Surprise
With such anti-religious establishment in their lyrics I would have thought a Christmas album would be the last thing these guys would do but I'm glad they did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brian Bussey
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the only Christmas album I need.
Something just so right about Bad Religion making this album. Another fantastic album by this amazing SoCal band with more staying power than HSV-1!
Published 1 month ago by Orlando A. Velazco
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT- Old school
They covered a lot older Christmas songs than I was expecting and I LOVE it!!! If you like Christmas and punkrock, this CD is for you!
Thank you!
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Glynis N. Rounds
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of fun but not a classic
A few of these are pretty fun, but mostly sounds like an album they knocked out in an evening. It got a play or two over the Christmas season.
Published 3 months ago by pastrygirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Really lame...
When I first read that BR would be releasing a Christmas album I chuckled, assuming it was a joke. Unfortunately it is a joke & not a very funny one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bryan Coates
5.0 out of 5 stars My new Christmas staple
Listening to the same Christmas songs I've been hearing since my childhood aggravates me to no end, even if I do sort of like them, so this energetic and interesting take on some... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Best
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I wasn't sure what to expect after the newspaper's critic. I was amazed to discover such a respectfull and joyfull album from a heavy group. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christian L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should buy one, No disappointment.
It was absolutely great. Very Christmassy, just perfect for the holidays. You can never go wrong with Bad Religion. Love it.
Published 4 months ago by cris
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