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Rosie Thomas: A Very Rosie Christmas

Ben Child

If you’re looking for a record of ironic Christmas songs sans the irony this year, A Very Rosie Christmas should satisfy.


Rosie Thomas

A Very Rosie Christmas

Label: Sing-a-Long
US Release Date: 2008-11-25
UK Release Date: 2008-11-24
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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.

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