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Whatever subversive intent lies behind reducing carols to three-chord punk rock is indiscernible in Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs.
Beneath the bluster the LA punk stalwarts treat “White Christmas” and “O Come all Ye Faithful” with earnest respect, an interpretation that does neither carols nor punk rock any favours. The exception is “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, which translates surprisingly well into a riotous pogo-fest.
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