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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Winter Magic truly is a "magical" album, wonderful mixture of seasonal songs. When I first saw the track listing, I was a little disappointed that some carols I'd been hoping to hear Hayley sing weren't included. However, I'm anything but disappointed with this album. If you love Hayley Westenra, you'll love this album, too.

    With Winter Magic, Hayley didn't just record a collection of the usual Christmas carols, as most artists do. She has said that she's been planning this album for some time, and that she wanted it to be enjoyed all season, not just at Christmas time. It is very original, the work of a true artist. She put a lot of thought into the songs, and even wrote 3 of them herself. The musical arrangements are excellent, not to mention her gorgeous vocals. The whole album has a magical, wintry atmosphere.

    Her voice sounds just right for every song. The carols & choral pieces contain strong, pure vocals. When the songs are light and cheery, so is her voice. As she's grown older, her voice has grown too. With every album, her voice sounds a tiny bit different, but always contains outstanding beauty and purity.

    The Little Road to Bethlehem is one I didn't know. It's a very pleasant, happy song.

    The whole arrangement of Carol of the Bells is excellent. She starts off softly, but gets stronger as the song builds in excitement. I especially love the way she harmonizes with herself in certain parts.

    I've never been crazy about The Christmas Song, but Hayley sings it very nicely.

    Veni Veni Emmanuel is absolutely stunning. Her vocals are pure and strong. I love the way she lilts on the word "Davidica" in the 3rd verse. Then the intensity of the music following the refrain in this section is so thrilling.

    Silent Night is very beautiful. It's warm and soft, almost like a lullaby, but her voice is still as strong and pure as ever. Her vocals here are far better than the recording on My Gift to You, one of her first New Zealand releases.

    Christmas Morning, one that Hayley wrote, delightfully conjures up images of the delights of childhood Christmases, and the joys of spending Christmas with family. Her voice is so pretty, and seems to twinkle with the music.

    Sleigh Ride is very nice. Nothing amazing about it, but then there's nothing amazing about it to begin with.

    In River, Hayley sings with wistful emotion, convincing you that she is "selfish and sad", though in reality she is nothing of the sort.

    The Little Drummer Boy is simply sung with the lovely vocals typical of Hayley.

    Corpus Christi Carol is another one unfamiliar to me. It's a Middle English carol that tells the story of Christ symbolically. Hayley's haunting, pure vocals right at the end are the highlight of this song.

    All With You is another one written by Hayley, and is now one of my all-time favorite Hayley songs. The melody is wonderful, and her voice is gorgeous. It rivals her Summer Rain from Treasure.

    The haunting Coventry Carol is new to me, but now one of my favorites from the album. It's about Herod's slaying of infants in effort to kill the newborn King. The vocals are stunning and impressive, by both Hayley and the young choir.

    Winter's Dream is full of winter magic. I love the children's vocals throughout the song.

    The album ends triumphantly with Peace Shall Come, also written by Hayley. It's a song of hope and joy, what Christmas is all about.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    She's still the best

    Hayley Westenra remains the best female singing voice on the planet. I just wish that she was better known in the States. It would be great to get more concerts from her stateside. Just a beautiful voice. So easy to listen to.

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