5 Master Dylan meets Disney and Andrew SistersSenorC | 08/10/2009 | See all SenorC's reviews (1)When I first heard about Dylan's Christmas project, I must admit I thought it was a joke. First of all, Christmas In the Heart is not a new Bob Dylan CD. It`s a charity project.Dylan has loosened up over the last few years: He has finally stopped fighting his own legend. He recent records exposes humor, irony and is more playful than ever. It`s like he is thinking that life isn`t that serious after all. Dylan`s inspiration from traditional blues, jazz and music hall songs from the 1920 to 1950 is obvious. It`s manifested on "Love & Theft" from 2001 and is also the inspiration for "Modern Times" and is also recognizable on his more bluesy 2009 effort "Together through life".Dylan's Christmas album is in an odd way inspired from the same tradition. It gives me a kind of Dylan meets Disney, Sinatra and Andrew Sisters feeling. Dylan has simply made a Christmas record true to a musical heritage from the forties and fifties. His voice gives a new and sometimes unexpected feeling. If Santa has a voice, Dylan is probably the closest we ever get to hear it.It's strange, but I feel Dylan's genius comes true and all of the songs on the record grow on me.As a Dylan fan I think "Christmas Blues" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is the highlights of the album. "Must be Santa" is probably the only polka and the most up-tempo song Dylan ever has recorded. It`s great fun and is also expected to be the soundtrack for the video from the album. However the quality of this record is so high, that I am not able to spot one weak song, if you buy the idea and intention with this project.Many Dylan fans will claim that this is the worst Dylan record ever. I disagree. I think it is a hilariously funny record, based on good musical craftsmanship. Some of the songs express a kind of enjoyable madness. It works in a mysteriously way. I believe "Christmas In the Heart" will find it's natural place in many people's Christmas tradition, also among Dylan fans after the first shock.This album is not a new Dylan record. It is a very funny and entertaining Christmas album from Mr. Dylan. He has made a classical Christmas album - in some way or another. This is probably the most interesting Christmas record ever released and Dylan has put a lot of effort and energy in doing this right. I love "Christmas in the Heart" and I tend to define it as a Dylan holyday masterpiece. It`s that good!