Tin­sel and Lights

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MUSIC - Jar­rad Be­van

SOUL­FUL Bri­tish singer Tracey Thorn is an un­likely choice for a Christ­mas al­bum. But she’s the kind of singer who can make fes­tive tunes palat­able all year round.

As a solo act and the voice of Ev­ery­thing But the Girl, Thorn has been more in tune with deeply felt melan­choly than the plas­tic, su­per- happy fes­tive sea­son al­bums turned in re­cently by Rod Ste­wart, Tra­volta ’ n’ New­ton- John or even one- man riot Cee- Lo Green.

Thorn and hubby DJ Ben Watt picked her ma­te­rial care­fully with only one ob­vi­ous se­lec­tion in Have Your­self a Merry Lit­tle Christ­mas, which she turns into a tidy strings and pi­ano bal­lad. The bulk of this set are cov­ers of Joni Mitchell, Randy New­man, Jack White and Suf­jan Stevens.

She’s also penned two orig­i­nals. The ti­tle track looks back at the plea­sure of Christ­mas past, a chance to fall in love with it all over again, and Joy is about cap­tur­ing a child- like sense of the oc­ca­sion.

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