By Monica Solano
With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, what better way to start spreading holiday cheer than through the gift of music?
Lindsey Stirling has certainly gained huge momentum over the years bringing classical music to the next level by fusing electric and dance into the mix, creating a musical niche of her own.
With 10 million YouTube subscribers and over 1.9 billion views, the highly-acclaimed electric violinist from Arizona has earned 2 Billboard Music Awards, chart-topping hits, and sold-out world tours as well as being a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent and one of Forbe’s 30 under 30 musicians.
Since its release, Stirling’s first-ever holiday album Warmer In The Winter produced by LindseyStop Music/Concord Records not only sits at No.1 on Billboards Classical Albums Chart, but it also features an entertaining twist on some holiday classics for an enchanting and feel-good listen that is sure to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
Stirling does not disappoint as she kicks off the album with an electric version of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies while cleverly throwing in a few recognizable cords of Pachelbel’s Canon in D to give it a pop yet festive feel.
Although the title song itself Warmer In The Winter featuring Trombone Shorty offers a classy and old school jazzy Christmas vibe, it does not hold up as strongly as other songs listed on the album.
Christmas C’mon featuring Singer-Songwriter Becky G on the other hand perfectly captures that cheerful Christmas feel. The song starts off with a beautiful violin melody courtesy of Stirling and quickly changes pace into a catchy holiday jingle sung by G that is sure to become another holiday favorite.
Like many Christmas songs depicting the birth of Christ, Stirling’s violin skills on Angels We Have Heard On High narrates the story from the Gospel of Luke. Without the use of lyrics, while accompanied by a choir, piano, and orchestra, Stirling masterfully interprets the scene in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing praises to the newborn king.
I Saw Three Ships is another fun track that will have many up dancing on their feet. The young violinist gives this traditional and popular Christmas carol from England an Irish folk jig makeover.
Of course, what’s a Christmas album without featuring Mariah Carey’s iconic All I Want For Christmas? Many artists have taken the challenge of making their own rendition of this holiday hit, and Stirling certainly does the song justice.
Closing off the album is an absolutely beautiful version of Silent Night. Sterling takes a bit of a back seat for this last song as the choir, piano, and orchestra lead in a goose-bump producing performance about the true meaning of Christmas.
With plenty of charm and emotional musicality woven between 13 tracks, this Christmas album is sure to put a smile on your face.
Overall Score: 4/5