Holiday album roundup, 2009: Aidin Vaziri | Wading through this year’s pileup of holiday music isn’t easy – not with Sting busting out his cable-knit sweater and Bob Dylan putting on a Santa beard – so we did it for you. Here’s our take on some of this year’s most notable seasonal releases.
Christmas in the Heart (Columbia)
It seems appropriate that the 68-year-old rock icon would release his first holiday-themed album just before Halloween. Dylan’s croaky voice comes adorned with shrill choir singers and dilapidated arrangements on standards like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Little Drummer Boy.” But it’s hard to imagine anything scarier than that Hallmark-inspired cover art.