December National Music Reviews

Review: Bad Religion – Christmas Songs

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Bad Religion
Christmas Songs
Epitaph
Street: 10.29
Bad Religion = Buzzcocks + Hüsker Dü + The Replacements + 7 Seconds
It makes some sense to me that Bad Religion would come out with a Christmas record because they’ve always had some of the best vocals in punk rock, and to back that up, they’ve always had top-notch production on most of their records. The record is made up of eight classic holiday tunes such as “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “What Child Is This.” Although I can’t say exactly what I was expecting from this record, I have to say, other than its oddball appeal, the jovial seasonal tunes didn’t really scratch the itch I got when I first heard about this project. Maybe it just doesn’t live up to True North, the vicious full-length the band released earlier this year. And the question of whether releasing a Christmas album is considered a “punk rock” thing to do? Well, I’m not even going to try and tackle that one. –James Orme
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