For those looking to Christmas as a time to be thankful and full of joy, Wonderland will be the album for this holiday and many, many more to come.
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Duration: 11 tracks, 36:42
Sarah McLachlan, the Grammy winning singer-songwriter-musician, is one artist with a great love for Christmas and its music. Unlike others who have given it one shot and have moved on, McLachlan’s Wonderland is her third Christmas offering following her 2006 Wintersong and 2015 The Classic Christmas Album releases. While Wintersong contained a mix of standards and more recent offerings (Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’, Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ and McLachlan’s own ‘Wintersong’) and The Classic Christmas Album was basically a re-release of Wintersong with three additional songs including her work with the Sarah McLachlan School choir), Wonderland displays her love for the traditional holiday sound. Wonderland is packed with old standards, both pop and hymn composed for those with updated palates.
“The Christmas Song” opens with vocals breathy, light, clean and fresh as the first winter snow. Listen for the Jazz bass mid-way through the song. A poppier version of the great standard “Let It Snow” has bright keyboard backing warm vocals while light guitar lays foundation for “White Christmas”.
Emmylou Harris and Martha Wainwright share vocals with McLachlan on “Go Tell It On The Mountain” making for a magical sound. Synth and percussion add a new feel to “Winter Wonderland” contrasting the dramatic strings found in “Huron Carol”. A soft touch sounds throughout with piano and strings accompanying vocals in “Silver Bells”. McLachlan’s soaring vocals punctuate “O Holy Night” to complete the collection.
With her soft, sensual mezzo-soprano vocals and a great love for the Christmas holidays and all they stand for, McLachlan has once again added a special sound to our favorite holiday. For those looking to Christmas as a time to be thankful and full of joy, Wonderland will be the album for this holiday and many, many more to come.
Scott S Mertens