Sarah Darling - Winter Wonderland

Published Monday 20th November 2017
Sarah Darling - Winter Wonderland
Sarah Darling - Winter Wonderland

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 167896-26309
LABEL: Be Darling
FORMAT: CD Mini-album

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Some jazzy piano and a slinky vocal that could almost be from a '50s nightclub diva make "Santa Baby" a nice start to this eight-song mini-album even though I have a deep rooted aversion to Santa songs particularly those sung by professing Christians like Sarah. If you're a country fan becoming aware of Sarah's undoubted vocal talents you might be bemused by this release as there isn't any hint of country here. "Santa Baby" is followed by a so-so version of "White Christmas" (better than Bing's but not half as good as Al Green's version). One of the two really good cuts both lyrically and vocally is "Silent Night", a song that I'm subjected to countless times every yuletide but with a beautiful vocal it might even be an outsider for Cross Rhythms radio play this holiday. Elsewhere there are more schlock Christmas ditties like "Winter Wonderland" and "The Christmas Song" (surely there can be few takers left for chestnuts roasting on an open fire). The other gem on this set is a rendition of Joni Mitchell's "River" (with its memorable image "I wish I had a river I could skate away on"). Not a Christmas song of course and not country. But very good nonetheless.

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