Review: Tracey Thorn, ‘Tinsel and Lights’: Aidin Vaziri | How can you tell if a Christmas album is any good? You want to listen to it long after December 25 has come and gone. Over and over. In the same way she provided the soundtrack for weary clubbers in the late ’90s with Everything But the Girl, on her latest solo album British singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn provides the perfect come-down collection for the aftermath of the holidays. Subdued and sublime, on “Tinsel and Lights” she lends her earthy voice to a mix of originals and left-field seasonal favorites by the likes of Jack White and Sufjan Stevens. The low-key arrangements and tasteful musical accents turn up unexpected standouts in tunes such as “Like a Snow Man,” originally performed by New York drag cabaret duo Kiki and Herb, and “Hard Candy Christmas,” a Dolly Parton gem rescued from the soundtrack to “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” Thorn, with her delicate touch, manages to turn the latter into the most romantic song ever to feature the lyrics, “Maybe I’ll clear my junk/ Maybe I’ll just get drunk on apple wine/ Me, I’ll be just fine.” This is one to cherish all year long.