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Tinsel and Lights

29 Oct 2012

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  Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
1
Joy Tracey Thorn
3:59
2
Hard Candy Christmas Tracey Thorn
3:24
3
Like a Snowman Tracey Thorn
2:38
4
Maybe This Christmas Tracey Thorn
2:11
5
In the Cold, Cold Night Tracey Thorn
2:38
6
Snow Tracey Thorn
2:39
7
Snow in Sun Tracey Thorn
2:18
8
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Tracey Thorn
3:16
9
Tinsel and Lights Tracey Thorn
3:26
10
River Tracey Thorn
3:24
11
Taking Down The Tree Tracey Thorn feat. Green Gartside
4:10
12
Sister Winter Tracey Thorn
4:29


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 29 Oct 2012
  • Label: Strange Feeling Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Strange Feeling Records a division of Buzzin' Fly Records Ltd
  • Total Length: 38:32
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B009DEN54M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,904 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A box of delights 29 Oct 2012
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Arriving just in time, as the clocks go back and the temperature falls, is Tracey Thorn's Christmas album.

The clear highlight is `Joy'. Written by Tracey, it is a beautifully poetic and nuanced ballad about how as adults we see Christmas in a new light - as something fragile, a special time with family and friends that brings back memories of Christmas' past and raises fears for what future years may bring. "You loved it as a kid and now you need it more than you ever did" is just one line of many the strikes a chord. The piano backing slowly expands to include percussion, backing vocals and (for the first of many occasions on the album) a kind of warm 'glow'.

Tracey's only other self-penned song on this album is the title track `Tinsel and Lights', which also reflects on how Christmas changes in meaning as we get older. The lyrics are about looking back on a previous Christmas, half with happiness and half with the bittersweet realisation that it may not have been so perfect after all.

`Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', the only traditional Christmas song on the album, is wonderfully realised. Played straight, with lush orchestral arrangement, it showcases Tracey's unique vocals. Lyrically, it's very much in keeping with the more modern songs selected for this album. By the time she gets to the "..until then, we'll have to muddle through somehow" line, it's difficult not to shed a tear or two.

The version here of Randy Newman's `Snow' is one of the best things Tracey's done - simple, desolate and achingly sad.

It is be no means an electronic album but `Taking Down The Tree' - a cover of a song by Low and now a duet with Green Gartside - successfully introduces subtle electronica elements and beats.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracy Thorn - Sister Winter 2 Nov 2012
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Its that time of year and for the next two months we will be inundated with a plethora of artists chancing their luck with a Christmas album. Sorting out the wheat from the chaff is not always difficult since some artists present their Turkeys ready stuffed. Bob Dylan's Christmas album for instance was so bad it was almost good. Tracey Thorn alternatively has one steady advantage over many artists, she has a rich and and poignant voice infused with a frisson of aching regret which she has used to splendid advantage with bands as diverse as Everything but the Girl and guesting with Bristol trip hop specialists Massive Attack. Some would argue that this whole production could be deemed out of character for the "Bedsit Disco Queen" and NME has harshly argued about this album that if "your planning microwaved turkey dinner for one this year, there's probably no better soundtrack". But let us cast away doubt and blow an emphatic Humbug to those indie scrooges.

Certainly it would be a safe option to record a "standard" Xmas fare but thankfully this is not a Michael Buble style Sinatra inspired cover fest. Indeed the only real "standard" on "Tinsel and Lights" is her cover of "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas. She is up against stiff competition here since James Taylor did a lovely cool jazzy version of this a while back and Tori Amos produced a lush escalating piano ballad. Thorn's versions ranks all these, she may "be muddling through somehow" but she is doing an excellent job of it accompanied by a rich orchestral arrangements you can almost hear the snow falling. Her own opening composition "Joy" is a tender ballad and in a fair world would become a Christmas classic, her voice is as pure and tender as ever on this track.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy distinctly different cool festive album 1 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Halloween is over, miserable November is beginning,and here to brighten things up is an early festive album offering. In general Christmas themed albums can be pretty dire, with artists trotting out their own versions of standard seasonal classics that we have all heard hundreds of times before and adding little extra value, often being sentimental with far too many sleigh bells in the mix.
This album takes a different route, with 2 classy original compositions by Tracey Thorn;the album opener,Joy,looks at Christmas's past as a time of reflection,and is a fantastic new song up there with the best;while title track Tinsel and Lights is an affectionate reflection on a New York Christmas and gets a topical reference in on climate change " The winters got warmer then last year's got colder" and the final line "I fell in love with Christmas again" could be the tag line for this whole album.
The other 10 tracks are classy covers very carefully selected, many are relatively obscure, coming from a wide range of backgrounds. 2 songs have a lush orchestral arrangement, with the only real standard , Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and a very tasteful version of Joni Mitchell's River is a particular highlight and favourite of mine. Elsewhere source material varies widely from Randy Newman's Snow, through Jack White's In the Cold Cold Night, to Sufjan Stevens Sister Winter. Tracey's vocals are clear, strong , and well to the fore, and the production is generally simple and straightforward, well done without too much embelishment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Christmas Album!!!
A bit late with this review but I can guarantee there isn't a track you wont like. I even bought 2 additional copies as gifts and they received the same reaction. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Chalkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Didn't buy this when it came out and got it for a bargain for Christmas 2013. A great mixture of traditional and original songs which could almost be played at any time of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by nickname2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Tinsel and Lights, Tracy Thorn
I bought this for myself a year ago and then gave it to a friend because I knew she'd love it and so this Christmas bought another copy for myself. A nice Christmas CD... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss Shirley J Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Christmas CD
Getting away from the typical Christmas CD, Tracey Thorn has produced a first class music treat for people who want something a little bit different. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tim Wheatland
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Christmas Album
Only one standard. Other than that a lot of great, though often slightly melancholic pop songs about Winter and Christmas
Published 3 months ago by Simon Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a Christmas Album that I actually want to listen to
I've been a fan of Tracey Thorn since EBTG released Eden, she is quite simply one of the best female vocalists the UK has ever turned out. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Malone
4.0 out of 5 stars Present for my wife
My wife likes it and she loved the book by Tracey too. My wife likes it and she loved the book by Tracey too.
Published 8 months ago by Latimer Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Tracey
Have been a fan of EBTG since around the I Don't Want To Talk About It era so neither Ben or Tracey can really do nothing wrong. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jespydoodles
4.0 out of 5 stars Me, I'll Bounce Back
I've bought this in March, so not sure what I'm going to do with the Christmas cards from the exorbitantly priced 'box set'. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Graham Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I have always liked Tracey Thorn and this is such a refreshing take on traditional Christmas songs. Her voice is superb and it's a great selection of songs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Aussie bookworm
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