Artist : LINDSEY STIRLING
Genre : POP / INSTRUMENTAL
Date of Released : 2013
If you are expecting classical pieces from this violinist, then you are in for a big disappointment. However, that emotion will be replaced with amazement and surprise once you listen to the first song “Daisy Violin.” You wouldn’t expect that Lindsey Stirling will go as pop as possibly as she can. Yes, it’s like listening to Sonia Belolo kind of music again but this time it is with a violin.
She is not the first violinist to indulge in pop music or even dance beat; Yo Yo Ma did it before decades ago. But, Ms. Stirling was courageous enough to face criticism (surely) as she is wasting her talent tinkering with pop music. Well, it might be a lost for classical world but definitely a huge gain for pop listeners.
There are so many feel on this album; it is like a David Foster produced album (very polished) that you almost hear every instrument used in individual songs. In some songs, you feel that this is an EDM album as the violin is drowned with various synthesizers like in “Crystallize.” In “Song of The Caged Bird,” there is no problem assuming if the treatment of the song feels like a movie soundtrack; the song title itself is given. The piano background gives the impression that this is a Yanni song. The same can be said with “Moontrance,” it is like an 80’s movie soundtrack.
“Minimal Beat and “Spontaneous” are the most danceable track in here. “My Immortal” is the sound music that you can be considered as nearest to classical. The song “Elements” can be best listen in the orchestral version as the drum programs can be eliminated still the music is good with violin wailing in the background. “Shadows” is an attempt that she can also perform Katy Perry like song. “Anti-Gravity” has synthesizers reminiscent of the one Darude used in his music “Sandstorm.
As an instrumental album, this is definitely a good download or buy. I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it