A Very Rosie Christmas is a pleasant batch of jazz-pop Christmas songs that ranges from “O Come O Emmanuel” to “Christmas Time Is Here” to Joni Mitchell’s “River”. Thomas’ work often draws from a vein of Jonathan Richmanesque, childlike wonder, with observations finished in a gentle coat of irony—especially when her comedic alter-ego Shelia makes an appearance, as she briefly does on this album. Still, that irony disappears on a few tracks, and it’s a bit disorienting because without that additional layer the singer is merely earnest. This is a brave move for an artist so closely associated with indie rock, and a welcome one in fact, so long as the cloying corners of “Silent Night” are avoided. If you’re looking for a record of ironic Christmas songs sans the irony this year, A Very Rosie Christmas should satisfy.
// Sound Affects
"The man whose songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Ricky Skaggs, David Allan Coe, The Highwaymen, and countless others succumbs to time’s cruel cue that the only token of permanence we have to offer are the effects of shared moments and memories.READ the article