Tinsel And Lights

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  • Summary: The fourth solo release for the Everything But The Girl singer is a Christmas collection with ten cover songs and two original songs. Ben Watt, Leo Taylor, Steve Pearce, and producer Ewan Pearson contribute to the album as guest musicians.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Magnet
    Jan 4, 2013
    90
    Essentially, it's the super-cool but super-classy Christmas record all hipsters hope they'll find under their tree this year. [No. 94, p.61]
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    80
    The true spirit of Christmas is safe in Tracey Thorn's hands.
  3. Oct 29, 2012
    80
    Tracey Thorn's fourth solo set, though, is the best of the bunch [of Christmas albums], its sparse songs home to a seasonal standard, choice covers of Dolly Parton, White Stripes and Randy Newman songs and, in Joy and the title track, two fabulous self-penned tunes.
  4. 80
    Tracey Thorn takes a wider brief than usual for her Christmas Album Tinsel & Lights, mostly avoiding the routine carols and standards in favour of left-field choices.
  5. 70
    Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn's Tinsel and Lights is just that, and you could do worse than add it to this year's Santa list.
  6. Nov 1, 2012
    62
    The moments of goodness and light here bump up against plenty of songs that are depressing or otherwise unseasonal-feeling. You're happy to get the present, but it's not exactly what you would've asked for from Santa.
  7. 60
    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.

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