I’m not sure I agree with NPR music critic Ken Tucker that Bob Dylan’s voice sounding awful on his new Christmas album is bullshit criticism. Frankly, I too find the sorts of songs where Dylan can make his, well, limited vocal range work are many. But that collection does not include most traditional Christmas songs, which require a much stronger set of pipes. Judging from the clips interspersed between Mr. Tucker’s review, unless the entire album is actually intended as a joke, I’m not going to be buying.
But I do appreciate Mr. Tucker’s describing Dylan’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” as sounding “more like a threat than a promise.” So maybe, for charity, I ought to give Christmas in the Heart a try.