Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Loreena McKennitt - A Midwinter Night's Dream

6/10

Loreena McKennitt afficionados will notice that I skipped over a Christmas EP she released in 1995 called A Winter Garden. That's because all five of the tracks from that album appear on this album in remastered form.
The new tracks tend to be a little bit weaker than the old ones. A few of the original tracks seem to have an overly-polished sheen that puts me off a bit, and there's also a rendition of "Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle" that could have come off of any generic Christmas muzak record (as opposed to the wonderfully organic-sounding "Breton Carol" off the original EP).
That's not to say that the original EP was perfect, of course- although most of the songs from there sound pretty good, with relatively understated production, "Seeds of Love" goes on a bit too long and has some really cheesy-sounding bagpipes. A Winter Garden is out of print now, though, so this is the only place you'll be able to get it.

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