Sarah McLachlan, Wintersong

If anyone was going to create a gloomy Christmas album it was bound to be Sarah McLachlan. Full of mid-tempo, piano based versions of holiday favourites, McLachlan puts together an album worthy of being in her discography.

Wintersong highlights include "I'll Be Home For Christmas" which features a ghostly backing harmony; the medley of "The First Noel, Mary Mary" starts off as an original rendition then morphs into a tribal, club oriented beat, and "Silent Night" best showcases McLachlan's soothing vocals.

But my favourite track is McLachlan's cover of Joni Mitchell's "River" which really captures the feeling of the original track, of wanting to escape. As far as Christmas albums go, this is definitely one of this year's best(Nettwerk) Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Stars

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