Magazine article Anglican Journal

Jingle All the Way: Crash Test Dummies

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Jingle All the Way: Crash Test Dummies

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Crash Test Dummies

Jingle All The Way

Koch International

MOST Christmas albums that are released in. today's secular market are more a case of marketing savvy than a statement of faith in the Incarnate Lord. However, there is something particularly unsettling about Jingle All The Way ..., the new release from the Crash Test Dummies.

The reason is simple. Brad Roberts, the band's leader, songwriter, frontman, and only constant in a career that began in Winnipeg in the late 1980s has always been a deep prober with a penchant for obtuse lyrics, dark storylines, and spiritual reflections. However, his artsy ruminations about God did not ever mean that the Christian religion was particularly resonant for him.

That has not changed with this album of secular and sacred Christmas standards, and his unique oh-so-deep baritone voice often has a sneering tone that is, quite frankly, a poor fit on Christmas pieces that mean so much to so many people. Be it the flute-carried jazz of God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, the eastern-tinged read of We Three Kings, or the jig-like treatment of Good King Wenceslas, the musical execution and interpretation is always top flight. …

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