Sarah McLachlan

Album Title: Wintersong
Release Date: October 17, 2006
Genre: Pop
"Happy Xmas (War is Over)" has always been a rather depressing song, almost like it was being sung by someone who was just dumped at their Christmas party and McLachlan's tender vocals do well to emphasize the sadness, especially with it being the first track to the CD. Moving it to the slow burn mid-section of the album would have been a wise decision. However, while "Happy Xmas" hovers a cloud over head, the refreshing variety of traditional carols revisited with new twists by McLachlan's stellar vocals and guest appearances by the likes of Diana Krall on piano and Jim Creeggan of Barenaked Ladies playing double bass surely delight the senses. "The First Noel/Mary Mary" has a great arrangement done by Sarah herself and really brings out the potency of the joy in a Christ-centered Christmas, it could almost have been added to the score for The Nativity flick coming out in December, the swelling drum beat itself sounds like triumph over the grave.

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a gem and McLachlan's vocals ache across the lyrical flow of the melody. The title track "Wintersong" is precious piano number where the keys fall like snowflakes and crispen McLachlan's nostalgic vocals. An excellent CD to play solo in the stillness of a cool winter's morning, or after the present parade on Christmas day.

Writer: Lindsay Whitfield

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