Whitehall apparatchiks tasked with making Brexit Britain a global trading partner could perhaps take inspiration from Jessie J, who became massively successful in China this year after starring in a TV singing competition there, and then consolidated her north American links via a special relationship with Channing Tatum. She now aims to seal her intercontinental appeal with her first Christmas album.
Flanked with beautifully arranged backings that emphasise the “big” in big band, you initially worry she oversells these standards. Where Bing Crosby made the public service announcement of Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town seemingly to a child on his knee, Jessie blares it almost threateningly, as if from a cop car announcing a curfew. On the original Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee was like a hostess amenably offering you a crispy prawn; at this party, Jessie barges to the fireplace and suggests everyone do a turn, starting with her. Every note, no matter how short, is spritzed with earnest vibrato, and also occasionally toasted with vocal fry. But if your Christmas involves a 12ft illuminated Santa on the lawn, eggnog on the breakfast table and red glitter on everything, you will find much to love here.
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