Rolling Stone reported that Bob Dylan’s second album of 2009 would be a compilation of Xmas favorites called Christmas In the Heart, many fans wondered what it might sound like to hear the rock poet laureate singing “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Little Drummer Boy.” That question has been answered. Thanks to Amazon.co.uk, you can now preview 30 seconds clips of Dylan’s entire album of yuletide renditions. Even though all the tracks are traditional, Dylan still puts his little signature on each tune, especially the hula-infused “Christmas Island” and “The Christmas Blues.” Dylan actually sounds like he does have Christmas in his heart on these songs, approaching the music earnestly and not as a holiday cash-in.
If you want Bob Dylan to soundtrack your Christmas, be sure to actually purchase Christmas In the Heart when it’s released on October 13th, as all proceeds from the U.S. release will benefit Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. International proceeds will go to other hunger relief organizations. So by buying the album, it’s a gift for both your ears and those less fortunate.