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To Drive the Cold Winter Away

Artist: Loreena McKennitt
Type: Album
Release date: 1987
Run time: 45:45
My Rating: 5

  1. In Praise of Christmas (6:05)
  2. The Seasons (4:51)
  3. The King (2:05)
  4. Banquet Hall (3:53)
  5. Snow (5:38)
  6. Balulalow (3:11)
  7. Let Us The Infant Greet (3:46)
  8. The Wexford Carol (6:11)
  9. The Stockford Carol (3:06)
  10. Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined (6:54)


The first of Loreena's Christmas albums. I'm not very impressed, unfortunately. The accoustics of the church this was recorded in make Loreena's "s" sound harsh and the lyrics harder to understand. "The King" is my favourite track, in which Loreena is joined by other lyricists to great effect, but many of the songs suffer ("Balulalow", "Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined") from the aforementioned accoustics.

Disclaimer: This may sound better on a decent sound system rather than my headphones. I suspect it probably sounded better at the time of recording, at any rate...

[Cover - please do not remote link]

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