Do They Know It's Christmas? - Barenaked Ladies, Geldof, Bob
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah - Barenaked Ladies, Traditional
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings - Barenaked Ladies, Traditional
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Barenaked Ladies, Marks, John D.
Carol of the Bells - Barenaked Ladies, Leontovich, Mykola
Footprints - Barenaked Ladies, Robertson
Deck the Stills - Barenaked Ladies, Traditional
Christmastime (Oh Yeah) - Barenaked Ladies, Hearn
Sleigh Ride - Barenaked Ladies, Anderson, Leroy
Christmas Pics - Barenaked Ladies, Creeggan
I Have a Dreidel - Barenaked Ladies, Goldfarb, S.E.
Wonderful Christmastime - Barenaked Ladies, McCartney, Paul
Auld Lang Syne - Barenaked Ladies, Traditional
Barenaked Ladies celebrate the holiday season with their ninth major release, Barenaked For The Holidays. This release features many holiday favorites, including "Do They Know It's Christ- mas"(written by Bob Geldof )and "... more »God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," performed with Sarah McLachlan, and seven original tracks including BNL?s new holiday single "Elf ?s Lament," featuring Michael Bublé. Ed Robertson and Steven Page"s distinctive vocals give a fresh sound to traditional holiday classics. Barenaked For The Holidays is sure to be a holiday favorite that is fun,witty and dynamic.« less
Barenaked Ladies celebrate the holiday season with their ninth major release, Barenaked For The Holidays. This release features many holiday favorites, including "Do They Know It's Christ- mas"(written by Bob Geldof )and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," performed with Sarah McLachlan, and seven original tracks including BNL?s new holiday single "Elf ?s Lament," featuring Michael Bublé. Ed Robertson and Steven Page"s distinctive vocals give a fresh sound to traditional holiday classics. Barenaked For The Holidays is sure to be a holiday favorite that is fun,witty and dynamic.
Megan D. (RN780) from SANTA MARIA, CA Reviewed on 2/3/2007...
A somewhat irreverent take on Christmas music, but some really great ones too. My favorite is "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
Off-beat Beats for the Holidays
Lavode | Sacramento, CA USA | 10/05/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"BNL joins the tired ranks of groups to release Christmas albums. Of course, they do it in true BNL fashion, and are not content to simply record a bunch of slightly-warmed-over standards. Some of the songs are original compositions, such as "Christmastime (Oh Yeah)," and some are standards done up in BNL's jazzy, rock style. Still others sound as if they are being played on your Grandmother's old electric organ, complete with tacky drum machine. (I have to wonder if this last is a peek into their early Christmas traditions.) And lastly, there are some very off-the-wall tunes, like "Deck the Stills" and "Sleigh Ride" that pretty much sound like the guys screwing around.
All of the tracks are well-polished, and the entire album evokes a holiday spirit. So in that sense, this album is a huge success. I only subtract 1 star because if you're not a fan of the band, you won't be too interested in their interpretation of the standards, and the novelty songs will probably be a bit of a turn off. However, if you like BNL, this is a must-have, even if you skip a few of the songs after listening to them once."
Oh Come On People.. Don't Be So Serious!!
Shed | EDINA, MN United States | 11/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you are not a fan of BNL, then you should probably skip this offering. If however, you are a true fan of BNL, and you are able to "enjoy the humor of the situation", then you will like this CD.
BNL has long been a band that has offered up a full spectrum of song styles, including downright goofy/light-hearted ones (i.e "Shopping", "Back", "Yoko Ono", etc). The goofy songs off of this disc are no different. BNL's interpretation of "Oh Holy Night" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" are about as cheesey as they come, and are reminiscent of songs that you would expect to hear at 10pm on a Saturday nite at a bowling alley during a holiday snowstorm.
There's truly something for every BNL fan on this disc. In addition to the mandatory goofyness, there are several touching songs, as well as songs that showcase the groups amazing harmonizing abilities.
If you are a fan of BNL and already have a collection of holiday discs, then do yourself a favor and purchase this one to add to your holiday repertoire."
Now for something out of the ordinary
Christene Ostrom | Wisconsin | 11/17/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Every year I get a Christmas CD for my collection. I like it to be different, new songs, new or unusual arrangements of old songs, and BNL fit the bill. They are their usual irreverent selves and their humor can be found in this CD as with all their others. I like their version of "Do They Know It's Christmas" and I know they were having fun recording "I Have a Little Dreidel".
As has been said before, if you are not a BNL fan, some of the songs on this CD will not be up your alley. But those of us who do enjoy them - will enjoy this collection of Christmas songs. I recommend you add it to your collection.
Nice novelty album, not so good for repeat play
D. Barrett | Maine | 11/27/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"My wife, being a Christmas Junkie, buys around 5 new Christmas albums each year. Starting mid-November, pretty much the only music in the house, in the car, in the portable CD player is christmas music. Since we're BNL fans, this was one of the ones she chose this year. It is very consistent with their musical style - the quirky semi-ad libbing kinda thing they do.
The problem (for us) is that the quirkiness is funny the first time you hear it on a Christmas album, but having heard it once, there's no reason to hear it again. For instance singing the Happy Birthday Song to Jesus would be great if you were at a concert and everyone sang along campily (and to be honest, our kids, 4 and 2, are still singing happy birthday Jesus). Or inserting the age-old "Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, Robin laid an Egg."
This isn't an album that we are likely to listen to more than once a year (if at all in the future), and when you're paying that much for an album with so little replayability, it's somewhat discouraging. If you like to get a lot of mileage out of your albums, this probably isn't one to get. If you're looking for something to play for a college Christmas party where everyone will hear it once and get a real kick out of some of the silliness, then this album is probably for you."
C. Hill | Oregon, U.S. | 11/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Barenaked Ladies' first Christmas album is pretty good. The best songs are the traditional carols that BNL have "sillied" up. For instance, in "Jingle Bells" they've changed one verse to the old kids' favorite: "Batman smells, Robin laid an egg..." There's also a funny rendition of "Deck the Halls" in which the only lyrics are "Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young" repeated over and over again. There is also a track in which the band sings "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. My only complaint is that the original songs written by BNL aren't as great as the traditional carols, and don't really sound much like Christmas songs. But all in all, the album has enough BNL fun to satisfy any fan of the band."