October 24, 2012
Review: Tracey Thorn's Tinsel and Lights
In the heap of plasticine Christmas albums this season, Tracey Thorn's holiday offering is a crisp, silvery bauble. Her song choices range from country-hip gems like Dolly Parton's Hard Candy Christmas to lesser knowns, like Sufjan Stevens' gorgeous Sister Winter. The presence of Scritti Politti's Green Gartside (whose voice has miraculously not aged) on Low's Taking Down The Tree is a particular gift to longtime fans. Occasionally, as on Like A Snowman or the self penned title track, the arrangements take you - thrillingly - back to the pre-electronic era of her group, Everything But The Girl. With a voice as comforting as any fireside Christmas classic, Tracey Thorn remains a gift to the wise men and women who love her.
The Sufajn Stevens' cover, originally released in 2011
In The Cold Cold Night is a White Stripes song...
This review is a variation on one I did for the October 2012 Instinct Magazine here in America. Also note that the first day of Tracey's advent calendar has a great Making Of video.