ALBUM: Bad Religion – Christmas Songs

Release Date: October 28th, 2013
Label: Epitaph


Bad Religion have been around for a while, and so has Christmas. So heck, this punk outfit releasing a festive album is of no surprise, and even though nobody’s expecting any classics to emanate from this record, at least the band genuinely attempt to get all with a punk spirit into the Christmas mood.

There’s no originals on here, apart from the album’s final track, ‘American Jesus’, and the band deliver each Christmas classic with a certain amount of vigour and obvious punk attitude that you’d probably expect from this group.

If nothing more, the opening song ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ is a rousing number and genuinely gets you in the mood for December 25th. It may be the best track on the album though, because a number of the songs here do sound awfully bland, and that’s not a good thing at all when talking about Bad Religion.

‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘White Christmas’ are two examples of this, they’re classic Christmas tracks that have just been pilfered with electric guitars and sped up somewhat, yet it all feels slightly pedestrian. All isn’t lost though, ‘What Child Is This?’ could pass as one of the band’s normal album tracks and has a real verve to it, it’s just a shame that the majority of the record feels a little timid.

It’s a solid Christmas album, but it’s quite disappointing when you know full well that this band could deliver something more interesting. However, you can’t really begrudge a band for releasing something like this at Christmas, tis the season of good will and all, right?

Written by Greg Spencer