Album: Pink Martini, Joy to the World (Wrasse)

The winter festival as a pan-global experience of softness, pinkness and fluffy sentiment, with strings, tinkly bells and jazzy guitars everywhere to be wondered at like movie snow.

The stars of what is very much a show are China Forbes and the Japanese diva Saori Yuki. They tackle "White Christmas" in both languages, but we are also addressed in Chinese, Hebrew, German and Arabic. "Santa Baby" comes with ba-ba-booms included. Pluff! A powder-puff collision of cuteness and earnestness.