CD If on a Winter's Night... [Digipak] (CD 4678077),
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If on a Winter's Night... [Digipak]

  • 1. Gabriel's Message
    2. Soul Cake
    3. There Is No Rose of Such Virtue
    4. Snow It Melts the Soonest, The
    5. Christmas at Sea
    6. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
    7. Cold Song
    8. Burning Babe, The
    9. Now Winter Comes Slowly
    10. Hounds of Winter, The
    11. Balulalow
    12. Cherry Tree Carol
    13. Lullaby for an Anxious Child
    14. Hurdy-Gurdy Man, The
    15. You Only Cross My Mind in Winter
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): B001332902

  • Credits
    EngineerClark Germain; Dave Darlington; Tim Mitchell; Todd Whitelock

    Audio Mixers: David Darlington; Sting.
    Liner Note Author: Sting.
    Photographer: Tony Molina.
    Arranger: Sting.
    It's no secret that Sting is a serious man, so it's only logical that his holiday album -- his first new music since the Police reunion, not that it really matters -- is a serious endeavor, thank you. No niceties for him, no comforts of carols; he favors formal over familiar, writing madrigals, not ditties. It is music made by someone who lives in a castle, which isn't necessarily such a bad thing: the austerity is genuine, not affected, and the cerebral nature of the album is fascinating, albeit mildly so, as this is as sleepy as it is thoughtful. And it's that thoughtfulness that does distinguish IF ON A WINTER NIGHT...; no other Christmas album exists in the head like this. It's a holiday album for people who have never wanted to hear a holiday album, let alone own one.

  • Critic Reviews
    Billboard (p.28) - "Sting recasts 'The Hounds of Winter' as a slow-mo bossa nova with percussion by Brazil's Cyro Baptista."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'It's a constantly enchanting set that addresses the spirit, solitude and reflective beauty of this time of year."
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