Instead of transforming these holiday chestnuts into alt-rock cool, Weiland plays them straight -- kind of. The move must be a nod to his hero David Bowie, whose 1977 duet with Bing Crosby, "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy," surely served as an inspiration. With saccharine string arrangements and show-biz schmaltz, Weiland sounds like a '40s crooner who entered the studio after knocking back too much eggnog. You can almost hear him falling off his stool on "I'll Be Home For Christmas." The scary thing is the guy could've been a half-decent pop singer had he come up through the tradition.