Holiday discs 2012: Suzie McNeil's This Is Christmas

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      Suzie McNeil
      This Is Christmas

      What, Carly Rae Jepsen was too busy to make a vacuous pop record for this Christmas season? In Suzie McNeil’s defense, the four originals here are more palatable than the standards, but only because no one but Bing Crosby has any business singing “White Christmas”, and because Joni Mitchell’s “River” is only considered suitable holiday listening by those tortured souls whose hearts have recently been scooped out and shovelled into the slush like so much steaming reindeer shit.