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Bob Dylan Sings Christmas in the Heart

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 22, 2009 at 8:21AM

I like Bob Dylan's straight-ahead approach to holiday classics on his new album, Christmas in the Heart. Here's a Yahoo review, complete with recommendation for another Dylan approach to Christmas music:
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Thompson on Hollywood

I like Bob Dylan's straight-ahead approach to holiday classics on his new album, Christmas in the Heart. Here's a Yahoo review, complete with recommendation for another Dylan approach to Christmas music:

If this Dylan is too un-hip for you, I do have another tip. Scour the Internet and you should be able to find and download a copy of the two-hour Christmas special Dylan did in 2006 for his great (and apparently now defunct) XM-Sirius satellite program, Theme Time Radio Hour with Bob Dylan. There, you can hear Dylan offer witty introductions to all sorts of obscure Christmas blues and country records—along with Brave Combo's polka version of "Must Be Christmas," which he borrowed for his own version, all the way down to including the names of recent presidents when it comes time to recite reindeer monikers.

Dylan's sincere take on "Little Drummer Boy" is on the jump.

[Hat Tip: @ChrisWillman]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.