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In a wonderful twist, Tracey Thorn has recorded a Christmas album that includes only one standard, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The remainder of the album features songs by modern songwriters such as Scritti Politti's Green Gartside, Stephin Merritt, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Jack White, plus two Thorn originals. This refreshing approach expands the holiday menu with emotionally resonant tunes that deserve their status as new standards. Mitchell's "River" is practically there, having been covered many times. Thorn sings it with her usual class and understatement, reaching angelic highs for emphasis. Ron Sexsmith's "Maybe This Christmas" follows a familiar Sexsmith path, playing as a well-rounded and thoughtful pop song in little over two minutes. The White Stripes' "In the Cold, Cold Night" vamps like a dirty blues, or as "dirty" as Thorn is likely to get. Randy Newman's "Snow" sits her down at the piano for a wistful moment, while Gartside's "Snow in Sun" lets Thorn put a bounce in her step.

Customer Reviews


A beautiful colllection of Christmas-themed songs with a difference - these are ones you can happily listen to at any time of the year. Tracey's voice is as gorgeous as ever.

Now that's what I call Xmas

Perfect album. Great singing , great choice of songs. love the brass band on "river" which should be released as a single and if any justice would be number 1 . Tinsel And lights is not just for Xmas , its for life.

Two of this country's greatest artists....

To hear Tracey sing Snow in Sun by Green Gartside is a dream come true..... two of my favourite singers on one album, utter bliss.


Genre: Alternative

One of the most enduring English singer/songwriters, Tracey Thorn began making music with Stern Bops and then, more notably, Marine Girls, a minimalist pop group that released a pair of albums inspired by Young Marble Giants and the Raincoats. While Marine Girls were active, Thorn released A Distant Shore, a relatively moody, if similarly skeletal solo album, on Cherry Red in 1982. Around that time, she met Ben Watt -- who was also signed to Cherry Red -- and formed a partnership as Everything But...
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