The perfect soundtrack for a microwaved Xmas dinner

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Tracey Thorn - 'Tinsel And Lights'

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Tracey Thorn – ‘Tinsel And Lights’

Fuck, is it that time of year already? Not quite, but apparently we’re close enough for Thorn – she of the dolorous voice behind Everything But The Girl – to release this patchily lovely and forlorn-sounding collection of Christmas covers. As you might expect, her seasonal favourites are not the usual Wham! and Slade; we’re at the Ron Sexsmith and Stephen Merritt end of the scale here. But while the low-key arrangements and melancholic song choices may make ‘Tinsel And Lights’ an EastEnders special of a Christmas album, if you’re planning on a microwaved turkey dinner for one this year, there’s probably no better soundtrack.

Barry Nicolson

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Record label:Strange Feeling
Release date:29 Oct, 2012