|Personnel: Aimee Mann (vocals, acoustic guitar); Grant-Lee Phillips (vocals); Chris Bruce (acoustic guitar); Duke Levine (electric guitar, banjo, mandola); Patrick Warren (piano, celesta, organ, chamberlin, keyboards); Paul Bryan (bass guitar, background vocals); Jay Bellerose (drums, percussion).
|Released in 2006, ONE MORE DRIFTER IN THE SNOW finds indie-pop artist Aimee Mann settling in to a warm, cozy set of Christmas tunes. Inspired by classic holiday records of the 1940s and '50s, Mann brings sincerity and elegance to her selection of Yuletide standards, as best revealed on a delicate rendition of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," which features a spacious, string-tinged arrangement that leaves plenty of room for her beautifully plaintive voice. In addition to a playful version of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (narrated by Grant-Lee Phillips), Mann offers up the self-penned "Calling on Mary" and "Christmastime," written by her husband, Michael Penn. The song choices and skillful delivery result in an inviting and consistently brilliant Christmas album.