S&F isn’t your biggest fan of the Christmas album. The sheer cumulative weight of holiday product from the likes of Mannheim Steamroller and Josh Groban long ago left our ears in a state much like those mythical chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

But we’ll happily make an exception for A Blackheart Christmas, the new Yuletide offering from Joan Jett’s label, which includes two tracks from SA favorites Girl in a Coma.

GIAC gives Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” a loping, country treatment, and you can practically see the grin on the face of bassist Jenn Alva, an unabashed Elvis admirer. The band falls into a more characteristic groove with a punky “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” which actually turns a bit ominous during Nina Diaz’s fiery guitar solo, before a hint of sleigh bells brings some seasonal reassurance.

A Blackheart Christmas also features Jett’s “Little Drummer “Boy” and The Dollyrots’ “Santa Baby,” before closing with a Blackhearts version of “Silent Night” that includes snippets from Barack Obama’s November 4 victory speech (The politically active Jett devoted considerable energy to Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign, and continues to support Democratic causes). The album is currently available on iTunes.



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