Tinsel and Lights

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Tinsel and Lights
Tinsel and Lights.jpg
Studio album by Tracey Thorn
Released October 29, 2012
Genre Christmas, pop, alternative rock
Length 37:13
Label Merge
Buzzin' Fly Records
Producer Ewan Pearson
Tracey Thorn chronology
Love and Its Opposite
(2010)Love and Its Opposite2010
Tinsel and Lights
Solo: Songs and Collaborations 1982–2015
(2015)Solo: Songs and Collaborations 1982–20152015

Tinsel and Lights is a Christmas album by British singer Tracey Thorn. The album was released on 29 October 2012 on Buzzin' Fly Records. The album is her fourth solo album.

The album mostly avoids canonical Christmas songs but instead features covers of songs by Sufjan Stevens, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Ron Sexsmith and The White Stripes as well as self-penned songs. Scritti Politti's Green Gartside features on a cover of Low's "Taking Down the Tree", as well as writing "Snow in Sun". Ben Watt, who is Thorn's husband and partner in Everything But The Girl, plays on most tracks, and their three children provide backing vocals on the track "Joy".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Joy" — (Tracey Thorn) (4:00)
  2. "Hard Candy Christmas" — (Carol Hall) (3:24)
  3. "Like a Snowman" — (Stephin Merritt) (2:38)
  4. "Maybe This Christmas" — (Ron Sexsmith) (2:11)
  5. "In the Cold, Cold Night" — (Jack White) (2:38)
  6. "Snow" — (Randy Newman) (2:39)
  7. "Snow in Sun" — (Green Gartside) (2:18)
  8. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" — (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) (3:16)
  9. "Tinsel and Lights" — (Tracey Thorn) (3:26)
  10. "River" — (Joni Mitchell) (3:24)
  11. "Taking Down the Tree" — (Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker, Tracey Thorn) (4:10)
  12. "Sister Winter" — (Sufjan Stevens) (4:29)


Tinsel and Lights received many favourable reviews around the time of its release including a review in The Guardian[1] and the BBC[2]

Tinsel and Lights entered the UK Album charts at number 94 on the 10 November 2012[3]


  1. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "Tracey Thorn: Tinsel and Lights – review". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  2. ^ Wallace, Wyndham. "BBC - Music - Review of Tracey Thorn - Tinsel and Lights". Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  3. ^ "Official Charts Company".

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