Christmas Songs (Bad Religion album)
|Compilation album by Bad Religion|
|Released||October 29, 2013|
|Bad Religion chronology|
Christmas Songs is the fourth Compilation album by California punk rock band Bad Religion, released October 29, 2013 on Epitaph Records. It is their first full-length Christmas album, featuring eight covers of seasonal songs and an "Andy Wallace mix" version of "American Jesus". This is also the first Bad Religion album not to feature Greg Hetson on guitar since 1983's Into the Unknown, and the first time they recorded as a five-piece since 2000's The New America.
Although Bad Religion had played many Christmas songs in the past, mostly during the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas shows, the band had reportedly turned down offers to release a Christmas album. After three days of speculation, the official announcement of Christmas Songs came via Epitaph press release on September 10, 2013. 20% of the proceeds from Christmas Songs will go to SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).
Christmas Songs received mixed reviews from music critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 61, based on 13 reviews, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.
|1.||"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"||Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Wesley||1:59|
|2.||"O Come All Ye Faithful"||John Francis Wade, Frederick Oakeley||2:04|
|3.||"O come, O come, Emmanuel"||Traditional, John Mason Neale||2:07|
|4.||"White Christmas"||Irving Berlin||1:49|
|5.||"Little Drummer Boy"||Katherine Kennicott Davis||2:04|
|6.||"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"||Traditional||1:39|
|7.||"What Child Is This?"||William Chatterton Dix||1:53|
|8.||"Angels We Have Heard on High"||Traditional||2:07|
|9.||"American Jesus (Andy Wallace Mix)"||3:19|
- Greg Graffin – Lead vocals
- Brett Gurewitz – guitar, backing vocals
- Brian Baker – lead guitar
- Jay Bentley – bass, backing vocals
- Brooks Wackerman – drums
- Mike Dimkich – lead guitar
|US Billboard 200||101|
|US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)||7|
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