Friday, December 18, 2009

Sting's celebrates the season, not the reason

Sting's If On A Winter's Night isn't a Christmas album, it is a seasonal album - rather than celebrating the holidays in this classically-minded collection of carols, lullabies, hymns and confessionals, the iconic musical journeyman engages the spirit of winter and all of it's raw, unbridled energy.

To even say that some of the tracks flirt with Christmas cheer would be an injustice - for the most part, the proceedings are more melancholic than they are joyous, and more reflective than they are celebratory. Instead of decking the halls with boughs of holly, Sting opens the castle window and bundles up in front of the fire, allowing the cold to creep through the centuries-old stone walls, and the music to pass through him like a blustering wind passes through a forest...

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