Music Review: Warmer in Winter by Lindsey Stirling

My music collection might be considered somewhat eclectic by most of my peers. I listen to a lot of modern instrumental music, quite a bit of instrumental jazz, and a lot of contemporary Christian.

Somewhere in there, I discovered Lindsey Stirling. I admit, like most, I first found her on YouTube. I played video after video but nothing ever really stuck. Then I stumbled upon her three original albums and simply fell in love with her music.

Warmer in Winter is Ms. Stirling’s latest release and is, as might be apparent from the title, a holiday album.

The track list is as follows:

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch (featuring Sabrina Carpenter)
Christmas C’mon (featuring Becky G)
Carol of the Bells
Angels We Have Heard on High
I Saw Three Ships
Let it Snow
Warmer in Winter (featuring Trombone Shorty)
What Child is This
All I Want for Christmas
Time to Fall in Love (featuring Alex Gaskarth)
Jingle Bell Rock
Silent Night

Warmer in Winter is definitely different than much of Ms. Stirling’s earlier work. Gone is the heavy electronica influence on most of these cuts. Instead we have everything from orchestra, to big band, to plaintive acoustically pure sounds. Some songs are a melding of influences (Dance has a classical sound with a electronic drum rhythm, Grinch is a wonderful swinging electric bluesy mess that Ms. Carpenter simply nails, Carol almost sounds like something from TSO with the guitar being replaced by Ms. Stirling’s violin).

Regardless of styles, every single cut is simply amazing. My favorites are many. Dance, Grinch, Carol, Warmer and Silent Night would all qualify, but this is one of those rare albums for me where not a single song would be skipped.

As we enter the time of year when Christmas music once again becomes socially acceptable entertainment (what? are you telling me you always adhere to convention?), Warmer in Winter will definitely be making it into my regular rotation.

Move over Bing. There’s a new girl in town. And she’s packing a violin.

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