It's Neil week here at Razing the Bar.
98% of Christmas albums are utter tripe, but I think we may have reached a new low. No, it's not Bob Dylan, although he's a contender. I'm referring to the new Neil Diamond extravaganza A Cherry, Cherry Christmas. This finds Neil in self-congratulatory mode (because, as everyone knows, Christmas is all about lounge singers), with the title track reprising his late '60s hit "Cherry, Cherry," but in a festive, Xmas kind of way. It's the equivalent of Neil Sedaka writing, "God, Mary's Having Your Baby." The rest of the album isn't much better, and finds Neil covering Adam Sandler's beloved holiday classic "The Chanukah Song" and shimmying through the obligatory Vegas version of "Jingle Bell Rock." Yes, we've been a beautiful audience. Bye, Neil.