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Were Nick Lowe’s “seasonal selection for all the family” actually a box of chocolates, it would be full of the coconut ones that no one likes.
Some of the Austerity Christmas ballads have wit – financial woes mean “no more crazy nannies getting high in the SUV”, on “A Dollar Short Of Happy” – but for the most part, the combination of retro rockabilly, overwhipped keyboards and schmaltz cloys too quickly.