Rosie Thomas – A Very Rosie Christmas

November 9, 2008

rosiethomasFirst of all, let me say that I don’t listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, and not a moment before. (And I never listen to “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” if I can help it.) It’s generally a hard and fast rule, but when I saw that Rosie Thomas, one of the finest American singer/songwriters working in the indie scene today, had released an album of Christmas music, well, I had to make an exception, since Rosie is all kinds of awesome and terrific. If you have a similar rule pertaining to Christmas music, you should break it, too, because A Very Rosie Christmas has all the makings of a future Yuletide classic. Though she does some nifty versions of “Christmastime Is Here” (from A Charlie Brown Christmas), Joni Mitchell’s “River,” “O Come O Come Emmanuel” along with a surprisingly touching cover of “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” the real hat trick Thomas pulls off with A Very Rosie Christmas is to record the first great new Christmas song I’ve heard in years, “Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year.” I loved it as soon as it hit the chorus for the first time, and I’ve listened to it over and over again since. She even throws in an amusing Christmas skit called “Sheila’s Christmas Miracle.” At the end of the record, Thomas adds a message to her fans, calling A Very Rosie Christmas a gift to them. What a fine gift. Thanks, Rosie! Standout cuts: “Christmas Is Here,” “Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year,” “River” and “Christmas Don’t Be Late.”


One Response to “Rosie Thomas – A Very Rosie Christmas”

  1. Shane Bertou Says:

    I think this album is great. Loved her take on both the Peanuts’ “Winter Time is Here” and “Christmas Don’t Be Late” by Alvin and the Chipmunks.

    But the highlight for me is her rendition of “Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel.” It’s stunning!

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