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Christmas in the Heart,
This review is from: Christmas In The Heart (Audio CD)
I really, really wanted to write this one off. Especially after TTL, which for a long time I thought was a total disaster - and still think is a triple bogey at best. But sure enough, I found myself at 9:03 P.M California time downloading CITH off iTunes within the first three minutes of its release.
My first impression? So warm, so comforting, so nostalgic. And not just in a "it's getting to be late Fall, so let's get in the mood for Christmas" way. No, in a pure Americana kind of way. This is a Rockwell painting come to life, it is not some kind of ironic commentary on the past... it is a memorial to the past. Dylan does this perfectly. It baffles me, but I really think this will turn out to be one of his most memorable records.
Let me venture to say that this is also a vocal masterpiece. Forget those low-quality clips on amazon.com.. when you hear this the way Bob Frost intended it, you will curse yourself for ever cursing it.
And surprisingly, there are no real low points. It is just raw and perfect from "Here Comes Santa Claus" to "Little Town of Bethlehem." It makes you think of a bright, white, hopeful day. Logs on the fire, ancestors passed on, old dusty pictures that were never digitized. This feels like something old that turned up in a cross-country move. A brilliant, sharp, autumn feeling like those old first days of school.
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Initial post: Oct 13, 2009 9:24:34 AM PDT
Excellent review, couldn't have said it better.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2009 1:12:36 PM PDT
Were we listening to the same music?
Posted on Oct 13, 2009 1:36:12 PM PDT
Dylan' voice has never been better (well maybe on Love and Theft)
It's like the best 100 year-old single malt. Aged and smooth and full of character.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2009 7:39:55 AM PDT
Anthony Accordino says:
I am as big a Dylan fan as anyone else, and to be honest, I would not call this outing a Vocal masterpiece. I'm glad that I purchased this cd, it was for a good cause, but the truth is, his singing is a bit off key on some tracks, and his voice is absolutely shot. The reason he changes the arrangements on most of his old tunes during his concerts, is he can no longer hit those notes as they as they were recorded. I'm not saying that is a bad thing[at least he is not doing the lyp sync shuffle], but the truth is, his voice is gone, but he makes it work within his vocal limitations, as he did on the fantastic "Modern Times".
Posted on Oct 15, 2009 2:08:44 PM PDT
Thomas J. Wellman says:
When will you Dylanphiles come to grips with the reality that the emperor is as naked as a jaybird?
I REALLY wanted to like this CD. After listening to it, I can't conceive of anyone listening to it objectively and concluding that the singing is good-or even adequate.
Posted on Oct 15, 2009 4:35:24 PM PDT
Julian A. Payne says:
agrea with the review of this cd, not of ttl that was also a 5 star, if an old guy and my 12 year old daughter love ttl something must be right on target, i feel a change comin and all good classic, i even love saved only two dylan cds i never liked are knocked out and down in the groove, yes love self portrait and under the red sky
ck out willie nelson pretty paper
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2009 12:00:18 AM PDT
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Thomas McNeil says:
Nah, it's not that the emperor has no clothes it's just that you're too blind to see them. Maybe you should consider investing in some glasses (or a hearing aid, in this case.)
Or maybe the whole "the emperor has no clothes" thing belongs with "pretentious" and "overrated" as meaningless words and phrases that have no place in criticism. They're never used to say anything meaningful, and are simply a way of dismissing everyone who may have a differing opinion, no matter how intelligent or well-stated that opinion may be.
"What? You wrote an intelligent, eloquent, positive four-and-a-tenth paragraph review about something I didn't like? Well, the emperor has no clothes! Haha! I sure showed you!"
And for the record, it doesn't really matter whether or not you can conceive of someone who likes this music since such people do indeed exist. Which certainly isn't to suggest that there's anything wrong for not liking this latest album, or any of his recent albums (they certainly aren't for all tastes) - but anyone who suggests that those who do like them is somehow delusional or an overly-fawning Dylanphile that's "too afraid to admit the truth" or whatnot, is, quite simply, very wrong.
And I don't know whether your "the emperor is naked as a jaybird" comment is supposed to refer to the current Dylan or to all the different sides he has shown over the past fifty years - but either way, your wrongness is nearly overwhelming. He may not be to your tastes, but that, my dear sir, does not make him naked. He is, in fact, one of the greatest lyricists of the past hundred years or so. And maybe one day you'll realize this great truth.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2009 8:22:27 AM PDT
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Thomas J. Wellman says:
If this CD was issued under the name Bob Smith, EVERYONE would think it was terrible.
Posted on Oct 17, 2009 1:57:11 PM PDT
Stephen P. Webster says:
It makes me feel good.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2009 5:19:48 PM PDT
another reader says:
Agree, Thomas Wellman. D's voice in these songs is laughably bad. It's as if he was auditioning for NPR's Bad Music Hour.