Christmas Songs (Bad Religion album)

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Christmas Songs
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Compilation album by Bad Religion
Released October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
Recorded 2013
Genre Punk rock, christmas
Length 19:01
Label Epitaph
Producer Joe Barresi
Bad Religion chronology
True North
(2013)
Christmas Songs
(2013)

Christmas Songs is the fourth Compilation album by California punk rock band Bad Religion, released October 29, 2013 on Epitaph Records.[1] It is their first full-length Christmas album, featuring eight covers of seasonal songs and an "Andy Wallace mix" version of "American Jesus".[2] 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. Christmas Songs is also Bad Religion's final release with Brooks Wackerman on drums.

Background[edit]

Although Bad Religion had played many Christmas songs in the past, mostly during the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas shows,[3] the band had reportedly turned down offers to release a Christmas album.[2] After three days of speculation, the official announcement of Christmas Songs came via Epitaph press release on September 10, 2013.[2] 20% of the proceeds from Christmas Songs will go to SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests).[4]

Cover[edit]

The cover picture comes from a picture titled "New Shoes" by Gerald Waller (Austria 1946). It is of an orphan boy who received new shoes from the American Red Cross.[5]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 60/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars[8]
Classic Rock 7/10 stars[9]

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 60, based on 15 reviews, indicating "mixed or average" reviews.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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
Total length: 19:01

Personnel[edit]

Additional Musicians

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[10] 101
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[11] 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bad Religion: Christmas Songs: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "'BAD RELIGION To Release 'Christmas Songs' On October 29". Epitaph Records. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "UPDATE: Bad Religion to release Christmas songs!". The Bad Religion Page. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Stream Bad Religion's Christmas Album Now". 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ ""New Shoes" by Gerald Waller, Austria 1946". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Christmas Songs". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Heaney, Gregory. Christmas Songs at AllMusic
  8. ^ Ham, Robert. "Bad Religion - Christmas Songs EP". Alternative Press. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Johnston, Emma (January 2014). "Bad Religion - Christmas Songs". Classic Rock (192): 115. 
  10. ^ "Bad Religion – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Bad Religion.
  11. ^ "Bad Religion Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Top Holiday Albums for Bad Religion. Prometheus Global Media. 

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