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Tracey Thorne: Tinsel and Lights

Gentle and simple, the former Everything But the Girl girl fulfills her lifelong ambition of releasing a holiday album, and knocks it out of the snow-covered hills of the park in doing so. Beginning with the original “Joy,” the tunes also include winter staples like Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas,” Joni Mitchell’s “River” intuitively backed by a brass ensemble, then diverts to Jack White’s swinging, hipster “In the Cold, Cold Night.” Merge Records ( — by Nancy Ford


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