If I told you Bad Religion had made a Christmas album, you might have one of the following responses:
- I’ll bet it’s offensive.
- If not offensive, it’s probably at least ironic.
- Was this a dare?
- I don’t believe you.
Fine, fine, but it’s TRUE, and the music is GOOD. With the exception of one original song, the playlist is all traditional carols, performed in a completely sincere way, just not in a traditional way. The force of their playing style only highlights the strength of the songs they’ve included. They made this album for charity, and I strongly recommend you go and buy it now. It’s become my family’s new favorite holiday album. There are so many good songs on it — including one track with the first verse done a capella in harmony — but because I’ve had so many other good entries this year for the 12 Days list, you’ll need to go and check out the whole album yourself to hear them all.
I’m presenting today one of my favorite carols, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Rock on, and enjoy.