Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Special Interest, Pop
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Laura D. from MUSKEGON, MI
Reviewed on 3/10/2010...
If you love Sarah McLachlan you will not be disappointed.
She delivers once again. Her style is still all her own on our Christmas classics and her original work is also just the same stunning music she always gives us.
Christine C. (bolinbabe) from BRANFORD, CT
Reviewed on 1/29/2007...
Beautiful songs, both covers and originals, from a gorgeous artist with the voice of an angel.
Much more than "just another Christmas album"
Izak Loftus | Carson City, MI | 10/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, yes, I know what you're thinking: "Oh, it's just another Christmas album". Many of you are also probably complaining that Sarah isn't releasing a new studio album of original material. I know this because I was just the same way until I first heard River on Sarah's Myspace page. Then I was like "wow...maybe this Christmas album will be different". And it certainly is. The album is a mix of traditional (yet not overly ubiquitous) Christmas songs and some more modern holiday hits (such as John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" and Joni Mitchell's "River"). It makes for a very interesting listen. Usually I am extremely bored by popular artists doing Christmas albums and I generally hate them, but I just couldn't say no to this one. With Sarah's voice adding new nuances and a breath of fresh air to these familiar tunes, this album is more than worth the price of admission.
I think the most gorgeous part of the album is the beginning of The First Noel/Mary Mary where Sarah busts out her beautifully trained voice, Touch-style (if you know what I mean). Her voice is as silky, smooth, and stunning on this album as it always has been. She has certainly lost none of her vocal range over the years, which is amazing. The selection of the songs is very Sarah-like and thankfully none of the "happy happy joy joy" type of Christmas carols such as Deck the Halls or Joy to the World are to be found here. All of the songs have a sort of longing and melancholy to them that Sarah is known for. The songs have been specifically chosen to really show the silent, almost bittersweet side of Christmas. The melodies of the songs chosen also reflect this sort of sad quality that fits Sarah's voice so well. The production by her longtime producer Pierre Marchand is a bit experimental, heavy, and very reminiscent of Sarah's original material, so it still feels very "Sarah".
I'd have to say that the standout tracks for me were River, Wintersong (the new title song that Sarah McLachlan penned herself, which brims over with simplicity and beautiful emotion), and Song For a Winter's Night which had actually been previously available on her Rarities, B-sides, and Other Stuff album. I was really touched by this album as a whole and it got me into the Christmas spirit way earlier than usual. I'll definitely be playing this album while drinking some hot cocoa on Christmas Eve. It's definitely an album that breaks the mold of the typical "Christmas album" and I would encourage everyone to go buy this if you're sick of being disappointed by other artists' attempts at covering holiday songs. If you're already a fan of Sarah's, then this is a no-brainer. This is a Christmas album done right."
Stunning, Absolutely Stunning.
Rod Reynolds | Los Angeles, CA United States | 11/19/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sarah McLachlan's Christmas album, "Wintersong."
I usually try to hold Christmas at bay until Thanksgiving is over, because I love Christmas and don't like to have it shoved down my throat months before its time. But this year since I'm DJ-ing at a Christmas party on the 9th, I have to have my playlist ready. I have a couple hundred Christmas cds; there are a few that I like, mainly by the artists that I like (ie Holly Cole, Alan Jackson, Kenny & Dolly, the Muppets, the Judds, Manhattan Transfer, and the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas) and I actually have those on my iPod during the season. But the other ones I just sort of put on and don't really pay close attention to, at least not close enough that when I'm playing live at a party I can use my instinct to know what to play next. So I've been listening to Christmas cds prematurely.
I got the Sarah McLachlan last week, and honestly, I can't stop listening to it. It's so unbelievable incredible. It's absolutely stunning. Her version of Joni Mitchell's "River" (been covered many times by people such as Holly Cole, Heart, Vonda Shepard) is outstanding. The original song, which I love, is musically very simple, there's not much to it, it's all about the incredible lyrics. Playing it on the piano it just lies there, there's only four chords in the whole song, and the song is basically a riff that repeats itself several times. Sarah has re-constructed the song in a whole new way; she's made it her own. I don't often say this, but her cover version may be actually better than the original.
She's also taken the pretty (but tired) old Christmas carol, "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" and totally made it her own; it's a fascinating, evocative and hauntingly gorgeous version.
There's also a couple original songs; normally 'new" Christmas songs sound like cheap imitations, but her song, "Wintersong" is particularly beautiful. She plays the piano with such grace, something to which I can only aspire. She also bravely covers John Lennon's "Happy Christmas" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Song for a Winter's Night" which was previously released, but is absolutely ethereal (and evocative of Jane Siberry).
This album may actually cause some sorrow come January, when Christmas is over and I have to retire the seasonal music.
Los Angeles CA USA"