Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Music Review: Sting's If On a Winter's Night

Buy this.

Unless, that is, you're looking for a Christmas recording with clappy happy Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, and other songs of merry-making. This CD is just the opposite. Spare. Introspective. Contemplative. Quiet. Almost melancholy. Probably more fitting for Advent in both mood and song selection.

Highlights include:

  • A jazzy yet medieval feeling version of "Gabriel's Message" (originally recorded by Sting in a more synthesized version for the 1987 album A Very Special Christmas);

  • "Soul Cake"; and

  • my favorite "Ther is No Rose of Such Virtue" - the alleluias on that one are magnificent.

  • I haven't stopped listening since it came in the mail the other day.

    Song List:
    1. Gabriel's Message 2:33
    2. Soul Cake 3:27
    3. There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue 4:03
    4. The Snow It Melts The Soonest 3:43
    5. Christmas At Sea 4:37
    6. Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming 2:41
    7. Cold Song 3:16
    8. The Burning Babe 2:42
    9. Now Winter Comes Slowly 3:05
    10. The Hounds Of Winter 5:49
    11. Balulalow 3:10
    12. Cherry Tree Carol 3:11
    13. Lullaby For An Anxious Child 2:50
    14. Hurdy Gurdy Man 2:49
    15. You Only Cross My Mind In Winter 2:35

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    At 12/11/2009 1:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I completely agree with you. This is my advent music this year. I absolutely love it.


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