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Holiday Songs and Lullabies

Shawn Colvin

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Album Review

Shawn Colvin's seasonal album is in effect a musical adaptation of the children's book Lullabies & Night Songs, which, like the CD, features illustrations by Maurice Sendak. As such, it includes mostly traditional tunes, along with some Christmas standards such as "Silent Night" and "Christmas Time Is Here," and several Alec Wilder compositions and arrangements, among them settings of lyrics by Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling. Often employing a string quartet, Colvin turns in calm but deeply felt performances of the songs for a set appropriate for putting the children to sleep on Christmas Eve.

Customer Reviews

ONE OF SHAWN'S BEST

Shawns vocals (and the arrangements) on these songs are absolutely stunning. A deeply moving record, especially in the bleak mid-winter.

time enduring

I have had this album since the year it came out and it is still one of my favorites.

This is Christmas for us

This album is what will define my children's Christmas memories… it is so full of simple passion and love. Shawn's voice and subtlety can't be matched; and her song selection brings the spirit of the day out.

Biography

Born: January 10, 1956 in Vermillion, SD

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Shawn Colvin is one of the leading lights of the so-called "new folk movement" that began in the late '80s. Although she grew out of the somewhat limited "woman with a guitar" school, she kept the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the genre's clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements in favor of a more personal, pop-influenced style. Colvin's debut record won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1991, but it was her 1997 single, "Sunny Came Home," that...
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