Holiday discs 2012: Christina Perri's A Very Merry Perri Christmas

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Christina Perri
A Very Merry Perri Christmas

Using a term like merry to describe downbeat adult-contemporary songs like “Something About December” and “Please Come Home for Christmas” is stretching things a bit; Christina Perri seems stationed at the same end of the bar as world-weary songbird Aimee Mann. Still, the Glee-approved Philadelphian gets a shiny present for twigging to the fact that the last thing the world needs is another dementedly happy version of “Jingle Bells”. This release goes best when chased with a shot of Jack Daniel’s or five, preferably in the kind of dingy tavern where no one is going home for Christmas, mostly because it bums them out even more than usual.

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