Tracey Thorn has always wanted to make a Christmas record. “Every year, when the Christmas albums start appearing in November, I get jealous and wish I had one coming out,” says the former Everything But the Girl frontwoman. “Last year, I made a resolution to get recording in January to be ready for the following Christmas. And so that’s just what I did.” Thorn takes on the role of storyteller on the ambling “Tinsel and Lights,” singing in soothing croons and ornamenting the song with bells and sentimental sincerity.
Although Thorn was inspired by Christmas, her new album doesn’t just rest on that one theme. “They’re not all strictly Christmas songs, but if they mentioned winter or snow or even just being cold, that was good enough for me,” she says.
“Tinsel and Lights” is the title track from an album due October 30th.
Listen to “Tinsel and Lights”: