Tinsel and Lights

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Tinsel and Lights
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Studio album by
Released29 October 2012 (2012-10-29)
GenreChristmas, pop, alternative rock
LabelBuzzin' Fly Records
ProducerEwan Pearson
Tracey Thorn chronology
Love and Its Opposite
Tinsel and Lights
Solo: Songs and Collaborations 1982–2015

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

Tinsel and Lights entered the UK Album charts at number 94 on the 10 November 2012[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
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AllMusic4/5 stars[3]

Tinsel and Lights received many favourable reviews around the time of its release including a review in The Guardian[5] and the BBC[6]

Track listing[edit]

1."Joy"Tracey Thorn4:00
2."Hard Candy Christmas"Carol Hall3:24
3."Like a Snowman"Stephin Merritt2:38
4."Maybe This Christmas"Ron Sexsmith2:11
5."In the Cold, Cold Night"Jack White2:38
6."Snow"Randy Newman2:39
7."Snow in Sun"Green Gartside2:18
8."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin3:16
9."Tinsel and Lights"Tracey Thorn3:26
10."River"Joni Mitchell3:24
11."Taking Down the Tree"Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker, Tracey Thorn4:10
12."Sister Winter"Sufjan Stevens4:29


Chart Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[7] 169
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 58
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 94
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[10] 3
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[11] 22


  1. ^ "Official Charts Company".
  2. ^ "Tinsel And Lights by Tracey Thorn". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  3. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Tinsel and Lights - Tracey Thorn". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  4. ^ Edwards, Michael (30 October 2012). "Tracey Thorn Tinsel and Lights". Exclaim!. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  5. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "Tracey Thorn: Tinsel and Lights – review". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  6. ^ Wallace, Wyndham. "BBC - Music - Review of Tracey Thorn - Tinsel and Lights". Retrieved 2015-10-04.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tracey Thorn – Tinsel And Lights" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Tracey Thorn – Tinsel And Lights". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  10. ^ "Tracey Thorn Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Tracey Thorn Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2019.

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